Lightning Safety Week Launches

If you’re planning a camping trip or heading out on the water, it’s a good idea to check the weather first.

Environment Canada’s “Lightning Safety Week” kicked off Monday in an effort to educate Canadians about the dangers of lightning. Up to 10┬áCanadians die from lightning strikes every year, and more than 150 are seriously injured.

Meteorologist Peter Kimbell says that lightning strikes become more frequent in June.

“Peak lightning would be in the summer months of July and August, and in June, it starts. Consequently, we’re really trying to sensitize Canadians to the risks of being struck by lightning.”

Environment Canada has launched the Lightning Danger Map which shows areas that are likely to be hit by lightning with a red circle.

“So if you’re within the red circled areas, you’re in an area most likely to be struck by lightning in the next 10 minutes,” says Kimbell. “Therefore, it’s time to take shelter right away.”

Environment Canada‘s motto is “When thunder roars, go indoors,” which can include a vehicle.