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 deficits, sleep 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.

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