Storm season upon us – farmers take shelter! #LightningSafety

thunder_roarsFarmers 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.

Interesting statistics comparing females and male fatalities below…tell us what you see in the comments!

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About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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