By Life Quotes, Inc.
A recent government public safety campaign should serve as a reminder on how a life insurance policy as protect one’s family during an unexpected life event – such as a lighting storm.
This week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was one of many organizations observing the National Weather Service’s Lightning Safety Awareness Week, which runs from June 20 to June 26.
According to the NOAA, success from this awareness week was highlighted in 2000 when the annual lighting fatalities dropped from 72 to 58 people.
“While we have seen a decrease in deaths, many people still wait too long to seek shelter,” said Donna Franklin, NOAA’s Lightning Safety Team Leader. “Lightning has already struck and killed eight people this year so we’re continuing our strong push to educate people not to go outdoors during a thunderstorm.”
To avoid potential fatalities during a lightning storm, people are advised to avoid using corded telephones and to stay away from plumbing, electrical equipment and wiring. Another tip is to get indoors at the first sign of thunder, since lightning can strike from a storm as far as 10 miles away.