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Lightning strikes, don't become a target

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DOCO EMS supervisor Sam Allen says lightning safety should be taken seriously DOCO EMS supervisor Sam Allen says lightning safety should be taken seriously
Last summer, a Decatur County man died after being struck by lightning. Last summer, a Decatur County man died after being struck by lightning.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

As part of severe weather awareness week we continue by focusing on lightning safety.

Georgia weather can have a mind of its own, we experience all types of weather in a short amount of time, so being prepared and knowing what to do when you are in dangerous conditions can make a huge difference in your safety.

Dougherty County EMS supervisor, Sam Allen, says its not uncommon to get calls regarding people being stuck by lightning and it needs to be taken seriously. Just last summer we had a death in decatur when a man was walking along a dirt path and out of nowhere lightning stuck him and injured the two other people he was with. Allen, says when a person is hit they suffer from internal burns because of the high voltage and need emergency attention as soon as possible to survive.

"If you got hit here, its gonna pass through your body and come out where the least amount of resistance, your foot is down by the ground so it can travel and its causes damage to the blood vessels and everything and immediately the heart gets knocked out and it needs to be re-stimulated," Allen said. 

A few ways to avoid becoming a victim is to make sure you seek shelter when that storm approaches, that could be inside of a building or car, also avoid any metal objects and trees, they act as conductors. Whatever you do you need to be as low to the ground as possible without laying down which makes you a bigger target.

In the span of the last 15 years the state of Georgia has had over 20 deaths that are lightning related. It can cause some long-term effects on you physically and mentally so being prepared and knowing what to do to protect yourself is key.

 

 

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