WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Summer storms are sweeping the area. With those storms comes lightning, strong winds, and plenty of potential damage. Firefighters said it's important to put safety first.
Training instructor with the West Lafayette Fire Department Eric Doyle said lightning can be unpredictable. He said to stay safe, stay inside during a storm with lightning. Avoid trees and fields, like golf courses and baseball fields. He said lightning is not something to take lightly. The nation's statistics prove it.
"31,000 fires are started by lightning strikes. That could be wild fires, that could be home fires, all multiple types of fires. About 90 people are killed each year by lightning," said Doyle.
Doyle said people should also avoid power lines that are down. He said call 911 if you notice lines or trees down.
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