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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU ME
545 AM EDT FRI JUN 29 2018

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

...LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED THE WEEK OF JUNE 25TH 
THROUGH 29TH, LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK IN MAINE.  THIS IS THE 
FIFTH IN A SERIES OF FIVE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS TO BE 
ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN CARIBOU, MAINE 
CONTAINING INFORMATION ON LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY.

FRIDAY - LIGHTNING SAFETY AT WORK

FOR THOSE WHO WORK OUTSIDE DURING THE SUMMER, LIGHTNING IS A 
POTENTIALLY DEADLY THREAT.  WHILE SUMMER IS A GOOD TIME TO 
COMPLETE OUTSIDE WORK, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO WORK IN A SAFE 
ENVIRONMENT.  ANY TIME A THUNDERSTORM IS IN THE AREA, NO PLACE 
OUTSIDE IS SAFE.  BETWEEN 2006 AND 2017, 65 PEOPLE WERE STRUCK 
AND KILLED BY LIGHTNING IN THE UNITED STATES WHILE AT WORK. 
ABOUT TWO-THIRDS OF THOSE KILLED WERE FARMERS, RANCHERS, 
ROOFERS, LAWN CARE WORKERS, OR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS.  MANY OF 
THOSE KILLED WERE SEEKING SHELTER AT THE TIME OF THE DEADLY 
STRIKE, BUT JUST HADN'T STARTED SOON ENOUGH.

MANY WORK ACTIVITIES REQUIRE EXTRA TIME TO SHUT DOWN.  IN THESE 
CASES, IT IS IMPORTANT TO MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS SO THAT THE 
WORK ACTIVITIES CAN END AND WORKERS CAN GET TO A SAFE PLACE 
BEFORE THE LIGHTNING THREAT ARRIVES.  SIMILAR TO ALL OUTDOOR 
ACTIVITIES, WORKERS NEED TO STOP WHAT THEY ARE DOING IMMEDIATELY 
AND GET TO A SAFE PLACE IF THEY HEAR THUNDER.  WHEN THUNDER 
ROARS, GO INDOORS!

LIGHTNING QUESTION OF THE DAY: WHAT DO I DO IF SOMEONE IS STRUCK 
BY LIGHTNING?

LIGHTNING VICTIMS DO NOT CARRY AN ELECTRICAL CHARGE, ARE SAFE TO 
TOUCH, AND MAY NEED IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION. CARDIAC ARREST 
IS THE IMMEDIATE CAUSE OF DEATH FOR THOSE WHO DIE.  SOME DEATHS 
CAN BE PREVENTED WITH PROPER FIRST AID.  CALL 911 AND THEN GIVE 
FIRST AID.  CPR AND USE OF AN AED (AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL 
DEFIBRILLATOR)MAY BE NEEDED.      

HERE'S A LIST OF TOPICS FOR OTHER DAYS THIS WEEK.

MONDAY - LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY AN INTRODUCTION 
TUESDAY - LIGHTNING'S MOST DEADLY ACTIVITIES 
WEDNESDAY - LIGHTNING SAFETY AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES 
FRIDAY -  LIGHTNING SAFETY AT WORK

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT LIGHTNING OR LIGHTNING 
SAFETY, VISIT NOAA'S LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEB SITE 
AT:

     HTTPS://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SAFETY/LIGHTNING

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HEWITT

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