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Lightning: flashy way to die outdoors

 (National Weather Service)
(National Weather Service)

OUTDOOR SAFETY -- Name the safest place to seek refuge if you are outdoors and a lighting storm moves in?

  • Answer: An automobile -- totally safe, unless a tree blows down on top of you.

This is Lightning Awareness Week, so be aware.  Sure, you can't bail out of the wilderness every time a thunder storm rolls in, but you can minimize risk by checking weather reports and getting very early starts on ventures into the high ridges so you can return to safer areas or your car by the time thunder activity begins, usually in the afternoon.

Check the attached document for some solid background on lighting safety.




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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.

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