After a long winter, summer is a time when Canadians like to get out and go camping, boating, golfing and many other outdoor activities. However, each year, lighting kills approximately 10 Canadians and injures approximately 100-150 others. Environment Canada would like to remind Canadians to beware of the weather and know what to do in case of lightning.
This is why the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) has updated their “Lightning in Canada” site with a new lightning safety and preparedness factsheet and a brand new lightning safety video.
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 warning for storms however many lighting deaths and injuries are associated with smaller local thunderstorms. 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, 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.