Lightning Safety Awareness Week takes place annually in June, this year from June 19 through June 25 . The week emphasizes indoor safety and outdoor risk reduction tips, lightning medical facts, and the science of lightning.
Lightning has been seen in volcanic eruptions, extremely intense forest fires, surface nuclear detonations, heavy snowstorms, and in large hurricanes. However, you can see it most often in thunderstorms. In fact, lightning (and the thunder that results) is what makes a thunderstorm. Lightning can occur from cloud-to-cloud, cloud-to-ground, cloud-to-air, or within a cloud.
Thunderstorms and lightning are most likely to develop on hot, humid days. If you see lightning, take protective action, such as seeking shelter, immediately. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a safe building has a roof, walls, and a floor, such as a home, school, office building, or a shopping center. They provide safety because lightning will usually travel through the wiring or the plumbing into the ground. Additional lightning safety tips are available from the NWS.
Please note: All lightning victims should have a medical examination. Call the local emergency department for help. Get to the victim as quickly as possible; it is not dangerous to touch someone hit by lightning. Check for injuries, but do not move a suspected spinal injury victim.