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Posted on: March 4, 2020

Lightning Safety

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Lightning kills about 47 persons each year in the United States and injures hundreds more. Follow and teach your children the "when it roars, go indoors!" safety message.

There are about 25 million lightning strikes each in the United States and are most common during the summer but we’ve all heard of thunder snow. Lightning can strike year-round.

Anyone enjoying outside activities should seek shelter in the event of threatening weather especially if thunder is heard. At the Louisburg Aquatic Center if lightning is detected within a  10-mile radius, swimmers are asked to exit the pool. Swimmers who walked or biked to the pool are asked to shelter in the bathhouses. Swimmers at LAC must stay out of the pool for 30 minutes after each detected lightning strike.

Learn more about lightning safety at the National Weather Service.

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