A recent article about some campers who lost their lives to lightning prompted me to add this information to our web site. The following are safety tips copied from http://www.lightningsafety.com/nlsi_pls/lst.html followed by the text of the news article from CNN's website:




Teach this safety slogan: "If you can see it - flee it; if you can hear it - clear it."

   Section 4.4:


1.PLAN in advance your evacuation and safety measures. When you first see lightning or hear thunder, activate your emergency plan. Now is the time to go to a building or a vehicle. Lightning often precedes rain, so don't wait for the rain to begin before suspending activities.

2.IF OUTDOORS...Avoid water. Avoid the high ground. Avoid open spaces. Avoid all metal objects including electric wires, fences, machinery, motors, power tools, etc. Unsafe places include underneath canopies, small picnic or rain shelters, or near trees. Where possible, find shelter in a substantial building or in a fully enclosed metal vehicle such as a car, truck or a van with the windows completely shut. If lightning is striking nearby when you are outside, you should:

A. Crouch down. Put feet together. Place hands over ears to minimize hearing damage from thunder.
B. Avoid proximity (minimum of 15 ft.) to other people.

3.IF INDOORS... Avoid water. Stay away from doors and windows. Do not use the telephone. Take off head sets. Turn off, unplug, and stay away from appliances, computers, power tools, & TV sets. Lightning may strike exterior electric and phone lines, inducing shocks to inside equipment.

4.SUSPEND ACTIVITIES for 30 minutes after the last observed lightning or thunder.

5.INJURED PERSONS do not carry an electrical charge and can be handled safely. Apply First Aid procedures to a lightning victim if you are qualified to do so. Call 911 or send for help immediately.

Know Your Emergency Telephone Numbers


Please re-print & distribute.
Prepared by the
National Lightning Safety Institute, Louisville,CO.


Lightning kills two Utah campers

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) -- Two adults were killed and their three small children injured by lightning that struck a mountain campground where the family sought shelter under trees.

The adults were identified as Richard Goff and his wife, Lisa, both 34, of West Jordan, a Salt Lake City suburb.

KUTV-TV of Salt Lake City reported that the children were Dakota Goff, 9, and his sisters Makenzie, 5, and Megan, 18 months.

The youngest girl was in good condition at University Hospital in Salt Lake City, a hospital spokesman said. The others were reported in fair condition at Primary Children's Medical Center.

"When both (parents) are taken, it's incredible," Lori Ostler, Lisa Goff's sister, told KUTV. "How do you begin to keep this family intact? You tell the little boy who saw his parents get killed that they won't be back, they're gone."

When the storm hit, the family took cover under trees near the shore of Crystal Lake, about 60 miles east of Salt Lake City in the 12,000-foot Uinta mountain range. The parents sat in metal chairs, Ostler said.