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There are more than 25 MILLION lightning strikes across the United States each year and last year 20 persons were killed by lightning. Many of those persons were killed when standing close to a tree or near/on a body of water. Although lightning is more common in the summer, if you recall we've had thunderstorms during this past winter complete with lightning.
If you hear thunder, you should shelter in a building or a hard-topped vehicle. Don't go back outside too soon. Experts say to allow 30 minutes to pass before resuming outdoor activities. That's the policy at the Louisburg Aquatic Center. If lightning is within 10 miles, lifeguards clear the pool and the facility won't reopen until lightning has moved out of the 10 mile area. Pool guests may leave the facility if they have a vehicle but walkers or bikers are required to shelter in the restrooms.
The National Weather Service offers lots of resources to learn more about lightning safety including videos, activities for kids and teachers and learn about lightning strike survivors.