WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The National Weather Service is reminding people to be cautious of lightning strikes as this week is Lightning Safety Awareness Week.
According to NWS, seven people have died this year due to lightning strikes. On average nearly 50 people die each year from lightning strikes.
Associate State Climatologist Kenneth Scheeringa said the most common mistake people make is waiting too long to take shelter.
“When you hear thunder or you see the lightning, it’s time to take action. It’s so tempting out here, especially in the Midwest, to just wait a little longer. Sometimes that’s just a bad decision,” said Scheeringa.
Thunderstorms can also be dangerous within your home.
Scheeringa said people should avoid sinks, bath tubs, windows and wired electronics.
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