Lightning Safety by Environment Canada


Sounds of thunder crashing “Every year, lightning strikes and kills
up to 10 Canadians and seriously injures up to another 160. I’m Environment Canada meteorologist
Matt MacDonald. Did you know more Canadians die every year from lightning strikes than
from flooding, hurricanes, or even tornadoes?” “Here’s the newest lightning safety tips
that could save your life. And when it comes to lightning safety, there are a lot of misconceptions
out there so let’s take a look at some of the more common ones.” “Lightning never strikes the same place
twice” is one of weather’s most famous legends, -but it’s completely false. In
fact, Canada’s tallest building, the CN tower, gets struck by lightning an average
of 75 times per year. So lightning can and does strike the same place. Remember, stay away from tall objects when
thunder is roaring and lightning is nearby. “Did you know that lightning can strike
more than 16 km away from a lightning storm? So even though you’re not directly underneath
the lightning storm, you’re still within striking distance. “In fact, 2/3rd’s of lightning victims
get struck ahead of or behind the storm. (Sounds of thunder crashing) “If you can hear thunder, you’re within
striking distance so get to a safe place immediately. (Sounds of thunder crashing)
When thunder roars, go indoors! And stay there for at least 30 minutes after
the last rumble. You may think the safest place to be during
a lightning storm is under a tree, in a tent or even under a small covered structure. “In reality, the safest place to be is in
a fully enclosed building with plumbing and wiring. Another safe option is in a metal-enclosed
vehicle with the windows up. When it all comes down to it, the thing you
have to remember is “When thunder roars, GO INDOORS!”
(Sounds of thunder crashing) “For lots more information on lightning
safety, please visit Environment Canada’s lightning page at www.ec.gc.ca/foudre-lightning”

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