Summer is the peak time for thunder and lightning storms. That's why the National Weather Service declared this week Lightning Safety Awareness Week.
Last year 28 people died from strikes. One of them was an Ohio man doing yard work. The number of fatalities continues to decrease, but lightning strikes are one of the top three storm related killers in the United States.
Firefighters say head inside when there's a lightning threat.
"It's one thing people don't understand is that it can travel even if it looks like daylight outside," says Metamora Amboy Fire Department Volunteer Ray Kelbele. "It will also hit you at that point too. When you hear thunder, get inside."
The national weather service also says lightning hurts more people than it kills. The best protection is to avoid the threat.
Keep an eye to the skies. The National Weather Service lists the top 10 states for lightning-related casualties, including injuries and deaths, from 1959 to 2007.More >
Keep an eye to the skies. The National Weather Service lists the top 10 states for lightning-related casualties, including injuries and deaths, from 1959 to 2007. The agency observes Lightning Safety Awareness Week from June 23 to June 29.More >