Extreme weather events are increasing in both severity and frequency. With this come an increased risk of exposure to lightning.
The Lightning Protection Institute — a not-for-profit nationwide group founded in 1955 to promote lightning safety, awareness and education – recently chronicled some of the risks:
Expect More Lightning
According to a study published in ScienceDaily, the earth could expect to see a 12% increase in lightning activity associated with forecasts of temperature warming.
The study claims the U.S. alone, could experience as much as a 50% increase in strikes by the turn of the century.
While the findings don’t suggest that lightning increases will occur everywhere, they do predict that increased activity can be expected in many regions—including areas of historically less lightning activity due to overly humid or wet conditions.
Be Aware, Lightning Happens EVERYWHERE…
While working to spread awareness about lightning safety and increase education about lightning protection, LPI uncovered several new statistics about lightning and its very real fire risk.
Unfortunately, most Americans are uninformed about the dangers lightning poses to homes, businesses and communities.
To educate people about the underrated fire hazard associated with lightning, LPI compiled a shocking sampling of 2018 media reports in a new infographic.
Find out more at www.lightning.org.