An average of 300 people are injured and 80 people are killed each year by lightning in the United States. 


  • Open areas, places near water, trees, metal fences, overhead wires or power lines, as well as elevated ground or open vehicles.
  • Use of radios or cellular phones.


  • The best source of information during a thunderstorm is your local news, radio stations, and any NOAA Weather Radio.
  • The 30/30 lightning safety rule: go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.