Thursday, August 13, 2009

Lightning care

I know I'm behind in my posts, but I wanted to post this really quickly. As campers we really need to be aware of the danger of lightning, and what to do about it.

This article is posted in the Chronicle Herald today.

BRAMPTON, Ont. — Two young boys were rushed to hospital in critical
condition Wednesday after seemingly harmless overcast skies flared abruptly and
sent a lightning bolt crashing into a Toronto-area soccer field.
The mother of one of the boys, ages 4 and 6, was in stable condition following the
lightning strike in Brampton, Ont., some 45 kilometres northwest of

As part of that article there is some information and facts.

Here they are:


•Lightning is attracted to tall, isolated objects like trees.

•Metal does not attract lightning, but is a prime conductor, as is water.

•Two-thirds of all lightning strikes occur in June, July and August; most occur in the afternoon.

•The average lightning flash packs enough power to light a 100-watt light bulb for more than three months.

•A large proportion of lightning deaths occur in, on or near open water. Many people also die sheltering under trees.

•Nowhere outside is safe from lightning.


•Heed the warning: "When thunder roars, go indoors!"
•Take shelter in a substantial building or fully enclosed, metal-topped vehicle. Avoid small structures such as beach cabanas or tents.

•When inside your home or other building, avoid using a corded telephone, except for emergencies. Cordless phones are safe.

•Avoid electrical appliances and plumbing. Don’t wash dishes or take a bath or shower.

•Practise the 30-30 Rule: When you see lightning, count until you hear thunder. If it’s 30 seconds or less, the storm is within 10 kilometres and dangerous. Seek immediate shelter. Wait 30 minutes after the lightning has stopped before going outside.

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