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Leisure and Lightning Do Not Mix

By June 27, 2013February 23rd, 2021Homeowners Insurance, Personal Insurance, Umbrella

June 24th to 28th is lightning awareness week at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA did a study on lightning deaths that occurred in the past 7 years and the activities that individuals were participating in at the time they were struck by lightning. The study discovered that 64% of the deaths were people participating in leisure activities. The types of leisure activities were eye-opening:

Fishing 26
Camping 15
Boating 14
Soccer 12
Golf 8

The remaining activities were other leisure activities such as going to the beach, swimming, walking, running, riding recreational vehicles, even relaxing in the backyard.

No place outdoors is safe when it comes to lightning. In fact, in NJ there have been cases where people were injured or killed just being outdoors.

Even seeking shelter under a tarp or tent is not a safe place during a thunderstorm. Recently a group of Boy Scouts was injured during their outdoor camping trip when lightning struck a nearby tree.

So what do you do when you hear a thunderstorm in your area? Get indoors as quickly as possible.

According to NOAA “lightning can strike from 10 miles away, so if people can hear thunder, they are in danger of being struck by lightning.”

Scott Harrigan

About Scott Harrigan

Scott started his career in insurance in 1988 and joined Rue Insurance in 2004 as a Marketing Specialist focusing on creating effective risk financing and risk transfer programs for companies and non-profit organizations. In addition to this he is a member of the Rue Insurance educational team that provides ongoing professional development in critical insurance concepts and programs to Rue employees. About Scott | More Posts by Scott