Unclassified Lightning Safety For Kids Mr. William P. Roeder Chief Staff Meteorologist 45th Weather Squadron United States...
Purpose Teach Lightning Safety
Overview <ul><li>LIGHTNING -- SIGNIFICANT HAZARD! </li></ul><ul><li>LIGHTNING SAFETY PROCEDURES </li></ul>More Education N...
Lightning -- Significant Hazard <ul><li>LIGHTNING:  The  Underrated Weather Hazard! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2nd Leading Caus...
Lightning Safety Procedures <ul><li>Lightning Safety Group   Recommendations </li></ul>
Lightning Safety Procedures  (con’t.) No Place Outside Is Safe Near A Thunderstorm! SOAP
<ul><li>Lightning Can Strike Long Distances!  Even Outside The Rain! </li></ul><ul><li>If You Can Hear Thunder, Seek Shelt...
<ul><li>Seek Proper Shelter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Buildings Much   Better Than Vehicles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lar...
<ul><li>Once In Proper Shelter, Avoid Conducting Paths To Outside </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Telephone (corded) </li></ul></ul>...
<ul><li>Unsafe  Locations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High Places / Open Fields </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Isolated Trees </li><...
Lightning Impacts  (con’t.) Lightning Casualties In U.S. (1959-1994) (National Severe Storms Laboratory) Radio and Radio E...
Lightning Safety Procedures  (con’t.) <ul><li>Avoid Wide Open Areas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sports Fields </li></ul></ul><ul...
Lightning Safety Procedures  (con’t.) <ul><li>Avoid Water Activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Swimming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
Lightning Safety Procedures  (con’t.) <ul><li>Avoid Trees! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do  NOT  Go Under Trees To Keep Dry! </li...
Keep Away From Trees!
Keep Away From Trees!
Keep Away From Trees!
Keep Away From Trees!
<ul><li>First Aid For Lightning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Call 911 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apply CPR / Mouth To Mouth Resus...
<ul><ul><li>MYTH:  Lightning Is Death Ray From the Sky </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Only ~ 10% Killed </li></ul></ul></u...
Summary <ul><li>Lightning Is Extremely Significant Hazard,   Especially In Southeast And Midwest,   But Far Too Often Unde...
If You Can Hear Thunder, Seek Shelter! ‘ USA Today’ Review
Lightning Safety If You Can Hear Thunder, Seek Shelter!   <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>www.patrick.af.mil/45og/45w...
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    1. 1. Unclassified Lightning Safety For Kids Mr. William P. Roeder Chief Staff Meteorologist 45th Weather Squadron United States Version (10 June 01)
    2. 2. Purpose Teach Lightning Safety
    3. 3. Overview <ul><li>LIGHTNING -- SIGNIFICANT HAZARD! </li></ul><ul><li>LIGHTNING SAFETY PROCEDURES </li></ul>More Education Needed!
    4. 4. Lightning -- Significant Hazard <ul><li>LIGHTNING: The Underrated Weather Hazard! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2nd Leading Cause Of Storm Deaths In U.S. (~ 100 / Year) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More Than Hurricanes And Tornadoes Combined ! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Injures ~ 1,000 / Year In U.S. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Often Severe Life-Long Crippling Injuries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lightning Causes $5 Billion In Damage Each Yearly In U.S. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yet Lightning Safety Receives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Surprisingly Little Attention! </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Lightning Safety Procedures <ul><li>Lightning Safety Group Recommendations </li></ul>
    6. 6. Lightning Safety Procedures (con’t.) No Place Outside Is Safe Near A Thunderstorm! SOAP
    7. 7. <ul><li>Lightning Can Strike Long Distances! Even Outside The Rain! </li></ul><ul><li>If You Can Hear Thunder, Seek Shelter! </li></ul>Lightning Safety Procedures (con’t.) “ Bolt From The Blue”
    8. 8. <ul><li>Seek Proper Shelter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Buildings Much Better Than Vehicles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Large, Fully Enclosed, Substantially Built </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vehicles Offer Some Safety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No Place Outside Is Safe Near A Thunderstorm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Near  6 Miles </li></ul></ul></ul>Lightning Safety Procedures (con’t.) 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 Lightning Certified Facility Outdoors Lightning Protected Building Relative Lightning Protection
    9. 9. <ul><li>Once In Proper Shelter, Avoid Conducting Paths To Outside </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Telephone (corded) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electrical Appliances / Wiring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TVs, VCRs, And TV Cables </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Computers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Light Switches </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Electrical Outlets </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plumbing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Showers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sinks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rest Rooms </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pools (indoors too) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t Watch Lightning From Windows / Doorways </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indoor Rooms Are Better </li></ul></ul>Lightning Safety Procedures (con’t.)
    10. 10. <ul><li>Unsafe Locations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High Places / Open Fields </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Isolated Trees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Towers / Poles (Light Poles, Flag Poles, Telephone Poles, Etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unprotected Pavilions, Rain / Picnic Shelters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Baseball Dugouts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Convertible Cars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Golf Carts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water (Swimming Pool, Ocean, Lake, Rivers, Etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Indoor / Outdoor Pools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bleachers (Metal Or Wood) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Metal Fences / Structures </li></ul></ul>Lightning Safety Procedures (con’t.)
    11. 11. Lightning Impacts (con’t.) Lightning Casualties In U.S. (1959-1994) (National Severe Storms Laboratory) Radio and Radio Equipment (1%) Farm and Heavy Equipment (5%) Telephone (4%) Golf (6%) Open Fields (Includes Sports Fields) (45%) Under Trees (23%) Water (14%) Golf and Trees (2%) When Thunderstorms Nearby, Avoid These Activities Like Your Life Depends On It -- It Does!
    12. 12. Lightning Safety Procedures (con’t.) <ul><li>Avoid Wide Open Areas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sports Fields </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Playgrounds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parking Lots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beaches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul></ul>If You Can Hear Thunder, Seek Shelter!
    13. 13. Lightning Safety Procedures (con’t.) <ul><li>Avoid Water Activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Swimming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beaches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Doubly Dangerous! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fishing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul></ul>If You Can Hear Thunder, Seek Shelter!
    14. 14. Lightning Safety Procedures (con’t.) <ul><li>Avoid Trees! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do NOT Go Under Trees To Keep Dry! </li></ul></ul>If You Can Hear Thunder, Seek Shelter!
    15. 15. Keep Away From Trees!
    16. 16. Keep Away From Trees!
    17. 17. Keep Away From Trees!
    18. 18. Keep Away From Trees!
    19. 19. <ul><li>First Aid For Lightning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Call 911 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apply CPR / Mouth To Mouth Resuscitation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All Deaths From Stopped Heart / Stopped Breathing </li></ul></ul></ul>Lightning Safety Procedures (con’t.) National Lightning Safety Institute
    20. 20. <ul><ul><li>MYTH: Lightning Is Death Ray From the Sky </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Only ~ 10% Killed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MYTH ! : Lightning Victim Is Electrified -- Don’t Touch, Or Be Electrocuted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It Is Safe To Apply First-Aid! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>High Chance Of Success! </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>But Beware Downed Live Wires In Thunderstorms; Touching Victim Then Is Dangerous </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MYTH: Lightning Is Disintegrater Ray From The Sky </li></ul></ul><ul><li>First-Aid For Lightning Victims (con’t.) </li></ul>Lightning Safety Procedures (con’t.)
    21. 21. Summary <ul><li>Lightning Is Extremely Significant Hazard, Especially In Southeast And Midwest, But Far Too Often Underrated </li></ul><ul><li>Lightning Safety Group Recommendations Can Help Improve Your Lightning Safety </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Go Inside’ -- Now How Tough Is That? </li></ul>If You Can Hear Thunder, Seek Shelter! If You Can Hear Thunder, Seek Shelter! If You Can Hear Thunder, Seek Shelter! If You Can Hear Thunder, Seek Shelter! If You Can Hear Thunder, Seek Shelter! If You Can Hear Thunder, Seek Shelter! If You Can Hear Thunder, Seek Shelter! If You Can Hear Thunder, Seek Shelter! If You Can Hear Thunder, Seek Shelter!
    22. 22. If You Can Hear Thunder, Seek Shelter! ‘ USA Today’ Review
    23. 23. Lightning Safety If You Can Hear Thunder, Seek Shelter! <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>www.patrick.af.mil/45og/45ws/LightningSafety/index.htm </li></ul><ul><li>For Lightning Safety Briefings, Call . . . </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>William P. Roeder </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(321) 853-8410, DSN 467-8410 </li></ul></ul></ul>

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