Lightning is a common occurrence in the park, especially at higher elevations such as Grandview. It is important to be cautious during thunderstorms to ensure you and your family's safety.
- If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Lightning can strike up to 10 miles away from where it is raining.
- Be sure to check the weather report before planning any outdoor activities.
- At the first sound of thunder seek shelter immediately.
- Do not seek shelter under trees.
- If no shelter is available and you must remain outdoors be sure to avoid open fields, ridge lines and hill tops, isolated trees, and other tall objects
- When camping, set your site up near lower strands of trees. If in an open area set up camp in a valley or other low area.
- Avoid water and other wet areas.
- Avoid metal objects such as fences and poles.
Lightning First Aid:
- Call 911
- If you are still within an active thunderstorm consider moving the victim to a safer location.
- Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge. They are safe to touch and they need immediate medical attention.
- Deaths occurring due to lightning strikes typically result from cardiac arrest. Do not delay CPR if the victim is unresponsive or not breathing.
- According to the National Weather Service, lightning causes an average of 62 deaths and 300 injuries in the United States every year.
- Lightning hits the earth an estimated 100 times per second on average, or 8.6 million times a day.
- It is estimated that the U.S. alone receives as many as 20 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes per year from perhaps as many as 100,000 thunderstorms.