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National Lightning Safety Awareness Week is June 21-27. The NOAA Lightning Safety Team, comprised of government and private sector businesses, will lead the lightning safety campaign, with participation from various state and local agencies and businesses. This campaign is de- signed to lower lightning death and injury rates and America's vulnerability to one of nature's deadliest hazards.

In the United States, an average of 62 people are killed each year by lightning. In Utah, lightning has claimed the lives of 61 people since 1950, more than any other thunderstorm-related hazard.

Because lightning usually claims only one or two victims at a time, and because lightning does not cause the mass destruction left in the wake of tornadoes or hurricanes, lightning generally receives much less attention than the more destructive weather-related killers.

The vast majority of lightning casualties can be prevented through simple, easy to follow, safety guidelines. During Lightning Safety Awareness Week, we hope you will learn more about lightning risks and how to protect yourself and your loved ones!

Daily news releases and statements will be issued and broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards during Lightning Safety Awareness Week. Warning Coordination Meteorologists and Public Information Officers serving your community will be available for interviews and questions.

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