Each year in the United States, an average of 67 people are killed by lightning - more than those killed by tornadoes. Yet many people continue to underestimate the dangers of lightning. About 67 percent of lightning fatalities and injuries occur outdoors at recreational events (baseball games, soccer games, lakes and on golf courses) and under or near trees.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is joining with the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to help people understand how to stay safe from lightning strikes.
A lightning safety awareness booklet is available on the IEMA website and a outdoor safety tips brochure will be available at all state park visitors centers this summer.