Officials warn of dangers on Lightning Safety Awareness Day

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Tuesday was Wisconsin Lightning Safety Awareness Day. 

Health officials want to remind you about the dangers of lightning and how to stay safe during a storm. 

The most important way to stay safe is to act quickly by seeking shelter in a building or vehicle right away.  Stay away from open areas, large bodies of water and large metal objects, and don’t take a shower. 

"In the United States it is estimated that there are approximately 25-million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes each year, and approximately thirty people die in the United States every year from lightning strikes," said Eau Claire Fire Department Deputy Chief Allyn Bertrang.

Data shows men may not be as likely to heed the warnings. From 2007 to 2017, about 260 men were killed by lightning nationwide, while only 66 women died. 

Health officials say if a person you are with is struck by lightning, immediately dial 911 and start performing CPR. 

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