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Beware The Dangers Of Lightning

According to the National Weather Service, lightning kills more people in the U.S. than tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes. Lightning can strike at any time, and if a person is hit, it can cause severe damage.

Paramedic Ben Glass says the person "may not have any outward or external injuries other than just confusion, disorientation." He says a severe case could leave the person unconscious, with respiratory or cardiac arrest.

When the clouds begin to burst, experts say people should not take it lightly, and find a safe shelter.

"Don't get around anything that is grounded, trees, fences, even tall buildings. And if you do happen to be out in the open, stay low to the ground and get to shelter," says Glass.

Paramedic Glass says most of the calls they receive related to lightning don't involve people getting struck, but objects like houses, which can be just as dangerous.

"The house may lose power, but the people are unaware that they have a fire in the attic from lightning. And it may go on for a long while before they realize."

There are a few common sense tips to use even when inside the house during a storm. Experts say sometimes people are struck inside the home because lightning strikes between a person and an electrical object. To be safe, always turn off all electrical equipment and unplug all appliances.

Click here to learn more about lightning safety from the National Weather Service.

By: Myya Durden-Robinson

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