Lightning victims all have this in common
Sixteen people have succumbed to injuries from lightning strikes so far this year, with about half the lightning season still ahead. In fact, July is the historical peak of lightning fatalities in the United States, with more deaths on average than any other month.
Lightning is random, and does not discriminate. However, all lightning victims had one thing in common: They were all outdoors or in unsafe places like a tent, a picnic pavilion, or under a tree when they were struck.
Remember: You will only be safe during a thunderstorm if you seek shelter immediately in a substantial building with four walls and a ceiling or a hard-topped car. Don’t wait until the storm is directly overhead – that can be too late. "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!"