Colorado Lightning Safety Awareness Week continues through Saturday. Today we discuss the lightning threat across the Centennial State. Sunday's kick-of article can be found here.
In the United States, there are an estimated 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes per year, and each one is a potential threat to life and property. The 30-year average of human lightning fatalities is 48. The average number of people killed during the last 10 years is 31. Last year, 27 people were killed by lightning, while many others were permanently injured.
Lightning strikes the ground in our state more than a half million times each year and with many of us participating in outdoor activities, we need to learn how to protect ourselves from lightning hazards.
In the United States there are an estimated 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes per year. Each one is a potential threat to life and property. The 30-year average of human lightning fatalities is 49. Last year 27 people were killed by lightning while many others were permanently injured.
"When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!"
Given that a half million lightning flashes strike the ground in Colorado each year, and that more people are killed and injured by lightning than any other weather hazard, Governor John Hickenlooper has declared the week of June 19 through June 25 as Colorado Lightning Safety Awareness Week.
Lightning in Colorado is most common in the summer months, but can be a hazard throughout the year. And although nearly all lightning victims are struck outdoors, lightning can pose a threat to those indoors as well.
The nationwide "If You See Something, Say Something" public awareness campaign was created to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper local law enforcement authorities.
Colorado has had its share of natural disasters. In trying to become better prepared, you may discuss and create plans for yourselves and family, but there is one family member who is often overlooked - your pet. One of the reasons people are most likely to return to danger zones is to save their pets. Do you have a disaster plan in place for your pet(s)? They depend on us for their safety, and being prepared can make all the difference in a life threatening situation. Check out the pet preparedness tips below:
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When putting together your emergency food supplies:
Playing at a water park, by a lake, or in a pool are all popular summer activities, especially on a hot Colorado day. Swimming is a great recreational sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, but it's important to know how to be safe while you're in the water. The American Red Cross and Safe Kids Worldwide offers these important swimming safety tips you should take into consideration before you head out to the lake or pool:
A 2013 report indicated that 38 percent of smartphone users have been victims of cybercrime. This rate is expected to grow with mobile threats on the rise. To help fight this cybersecurity risk, the Department of Homeland Security developed the Stop.Think.Connect program. The following mobile tips are from their Mobile Security Tip Card.