The National Weather Service says everyone should heed the dangers of lightning.  This week is “National Lightning Safety Awareness Week.” Indianapolis-based Meteorologist Jason Puma says seven people nationwide have been killed by lightning so far this year.

Last year, lightning killed 28 Americans.  Puma says the numbers seem low, but they wouldn‘t likely be even that high if folks heeded the warning signs.


Puma says the rule of thumb remains, “When Thunder Roars Go Indoors.”  Puma says summertime is the time when most people are hit by lightning.  Puma says more men get hit by lightning than women.  He attributes that to mainly because men are more likely to remain outside rather than seek shelter during those storms.