Farmers are among the most likely to get struck by lightning while working outdoors. Tractors, grain bins, and augers are usually imperative to a farm operation but are also great objects for lightning to strike leading to injury and sometimes fatalities. In 2013 there were 23 fatalities due to lightning strikes in 14 different states. So what can you do to prevent it from happening to you?
– When thunder rolls go indoors! A little cheesy perhaps, but when you are outside and can here thunder, that means a storm is within a 10 mile radius of where you are standing.
– Avoid contact with corded phones, electrical equipment, and plumbing.
– Wait 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder before going back outside.
Find more information about lightning visit the National Weather Service website.