Prevent Lightning Strike Injuries
Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stoppler, MD
Medical Editor: Dennis Lee, MD
While lightning strike fatalities are decreasing thanks to public education
programs, many people are still injured or killed by lightning each year.
Consider the following facts:
- Lightning kills more people annually in the U.S. than
hurricanes or tornadoes.
- Lightning strikes kill an average of 67 people in the
United States each year.
- Although 90% of those struck by lightning survive, up
to 700 survivors of lightning strikes annually will be left with long-term
health effects that include memory loss, weakness, depression, attention
disturbances, feelings of numbness or dizziness, stiffness in joints,
irritability, fatigue, muscle
spasms, and an inability to sit still for long periods.
- July is the peak month for lightning strikes in the U.S.