This week running until June 16th is Lightning Safety Week with Environment Canada. During the summer in Canada, lightning strikes every 2 seconds and besides causing power outages and forest fires, lightning strikes can also seriously injure or kill. Through recent advances in detection technology, Environment Canada's Meteorological Service has improved its ability to track lightning and display high risk lightning areas. Warning Preparedness Meteorologist Peter Kimbell says there are some myths regarding lightning.
Rule of thumb is when thunder roars, stay indoors and Kimbell says stay inside for 30 minitues following the last roar of thunder. Reason for this is because research shows that 1/3 of lightning injuries and fatalities occur in the early stages of a storm,1/3 at the peak of a storm and 1/3 once the peak of the storm passsed by.