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Town of Oyster Bay Public Safety Department offers lightning safety tips

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As summertime across the Town of Oyster Bay goes into full swing, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and the Town’s Department of Public Safety has partnered up to issue important safety tips to residents regarding one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena – lightning.

To ensure safety over the course of the summer season as more people spend time outdoors, the following is recommended.

“While lightning may receive less attention than other weather phenomena because it does not result in mass casualty or destruction like tornadoes, floods, or hurricanes, it is important to remember that each year about 25 million lightning strikes occur in the United States, and over the last 30 years, the United States has averaged 51 lightning fatalities per year,” Saladino said. “While direct lightning strikes may not be common, when they do occur, over 90 percent of victims will cope with varying degrees of discomfort and disability; sometimes for the rest of their lives. So, quite simply, when thunder roars, it’s best to go indoors.”