National Lightning Safety Awareness week was started in 2001 to call attention
to this underrated killer. Since then, U.S. lightning fatalities have dropped from
about 55 per year to less than 30. This reduction in fatalities is largely due to
greater awareness of the lightning danger, and people seeking safety when thunderstorms
threaten. During National Lightning Safety Awareness Week, we encourage you to
learn more about lightning and lightning safety.
Here are some topics and links to help you become more informed during the week.