Environment and Climate Change Canada is raising awareness to reduce the risk of lightning strike.
Meteorologist with Environment Canada in Edmonton, Dan Kulak, says the summer is prime time of the year for lightning and that the building of dark clouds is a warning sign.
“If you do hear thunder than you know lightning is in the area, certainly if you see it then you obviously know it as well and if you can hear that thunder, that storm is close enough to affect you,” said Kulak.
“We sometimes forget that every time we hear thunder there’s actually lightning in those storms.”
The biggest things in lightning safety are to take shelter as soon as you hear thunder or see lightning, to know where your shelter is going to be and to avoid following myths like rubber tires and rubber boots.
He says most of the injuries and fatalities happening from lightning in Canada are caused by “every day garden-variety storms” that do not have any other warning associated with them.