Background from NatGeo: While Florida is also the state where the most lightning flashes strike the ground, injury and fatality rates do not exactly correlate with where the most strikes occur. Rather, lightning tends to strike people in places where there are people to strike.
For example, Colorado is 24th in lightning flash density, but is ranked 10th for lightning casualty rates. The reason for the discrepancy is that a lot of Coloradoans participate in outdoor activities like hiking and camping in the exposed, lightning-prone high country.
The Denver Group of the Colorado Mountain Club is sponsoring a free Lightning Safety Seminar directed towards mountain hikers and climbers. This seminar is open to CMC members from all groups and the general public.
John Snook from the Colorado Avalanche Information center and Dr. Doug Hill, emergency room physician and mountaineer, will discuss topics including: pre-trip planning to avoid lightning hazard; safety position for people exposed to lightning; steps to take if a person in your party is struck by lightning; and much more!
Date: April 2, 2009
Time 7-9 pm
Place: Foss Auditorium in the American Mountaineering Center in Golden
Cost: FREE! Click here for more info