Be prepared for lightning strikes

Press Release

After a long winter, summer is a time when Canadians like to get out and go camping, boating, golfing, and many other outdoor activities.
Each year, however, lighting kills about 10 Canadians and injures roughly 100-150 others.
Environment Canada would like to remind Canadians to be aware of the weather and know what to do in case of lightning.
This is why the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) has updated its “Lightning in Canada” website with a new lightning safety and preparedness factsheet, as well as a new lightning safety video.
It can be found at www.ec.gc.ca/foudre-lightning
Are you curious about how lightning works? Or would you like to know if you can play electronic games during a lightning storm?
Are you planning an outdoor sporting event and want to know what to do in case of lightning?
The answer to these questions and more can be found on the “Lightning in Canada” website.
MSC issues severe thunderstorm watches and warnings for storms, however, many lightning deaths and injuries are associated with smaller local thunderstorms.
As well, summer weather can change quickly. So in addition to listening or watching for regular weather forecasts, it’s always a good idea to watch the skies around you when involved in summer activities.
Remember the lightning safety rule: “When thunder roars, go indoors.”
And once in a safe location, such as a fully-enclosed building or all-metal automobile (not convertible top), remain there for 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder is heard before resuming your outdoor activities.