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WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER: Ten Ways You’re Most Likely to Get Struck by Lightning

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Summer in Chicago means storm season; so, be careful about lightning, if you’ll be outside more this summer.

It’s pretty rare to be killed by it – though it can seriously mess you up.  Only about 420 people have died from lightning in the U.S. in the past 15 years.  And close to half of those happened during just 10 different activities.  But just this week, a teenaged girl was killed by lightning, while swimming.

Here are the outdoor activities with the highest risk

1.  Fishing.  10% of all the deadly lightning strikes hit folks who were fishing.

2.  Relaxing at the beach, 6%.

3.  Camping, 5%.

4.  Farming or ranching, 5%.

5.  Riding a bike, motorcycle, or ATV, 5%.

6.  Boating, 4%.

7.  Gathering socially, outdoors, 4%.

8.  Walking to or from your home, 4%.

9.  Working on a roof, 4%.

10.  Other types of construction, 3%.

Soccer and yardwork just missed the top ten.  If you’ve ever seen Caddyshack, we might want to add golfing…  especially with that metal club.    😉

See the full story, here:   Lightning Safety Council

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