Just days before graduation Benet Academy’s Jennie Dizon was struck to death by lightning, as the community mourns her loss more people are becoming more aware of the dangers lightning posses.
The heat and humidity of the summer months means that severe weather is always a possibility. Dark clouds, thunder, and lightning are so common that people sometimes forget serious storms pose a serious threat.
“Its rare, there’s a few hundred fatalities every year in the United States. There’s tens of thousands every year worldwide,” says Dr. Tom Scaletta.
A rare occurrence can quickly turn into a tragedy, to keep the odds in your favor be aware of your surroundings, lightning can strike even when its not raining.
“At our sports complexes we actually have devices that are mounted within the parks that include a siren as well as a flashing strobe light anytime there is a threat of lightning in the area. When people come to parks they should always be on the lookout for lighting and thunder, not rely solely on the systems we have in place, but certainly keep an eye to the weather and move to shelter if thunder and lightning is present,” Brad Wilson told Naperville News 17.
The lightning alert system is only at parks around town and sounds very different than the tornado siren so you can recognize the warning and keep yourself safe.
If you want more information on how Naperville alerts residents about lightning visit Napervilleparks.org
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