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Disclaimer:  The purpose of these safety tips is to help make people aware of some of the dangers associated with lightning.  The information provided does not include all lightning dangers, and individuals need to take responsibility for their own safety.  Because of the unpredicatble nature of lightning,
neither the authors of this web page nor the University of Mississippi
can guarantee that the information given below will provide complete protection.

The most common activities associated with lightning strike accidents involving people are:

    1. Working or playing in open or semi-open areas.
    2. Boating, fishing, or swimming.
    3. Operating farm machinery or road-making equipment.
    4. Seeking shelter under trees.
    5. Talking on the telephone inside a structure.
    6. Using electrical appliances.

What to do if you are caught in the open during a thunderstorm:

 Treatment of Lightning Strike Victims:
 Note that people who have been struck by lightning are not dangerous to touch.

   1. Check breathing and pulse, because lightning often causes these to stop.
   2. Treat victims that are not breathing FIRST.
   3. Perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, if needed.
   4. Apply cardiopulmonary resuscitation, if needed.

Some useful links on lightning safety:

  This brief list gives the basic safety information that everyone should know.    This detailed document was drafted under the auspices of the American Meteorological Society.  It has been published in the October 1999 issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, viewable from

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