Monthly Archives: March 2009

Men Are Four Times More Likely To Get Struck

The rest of the East Coast is shoveling, making snowmen, and drinking hot chocolate while I’m thinking about lightning in my warm cozy apartment.

While surfing the web, I stumbled across an interesting finding. According to the National Lightning Safety Institute (NLSI), men are at least four times as likely to be struck by lightning as women. The breakdown of strikes is approximately 84% male and 16% female.

A specific reason is not stated; however, it is believed that men are struck more than women because they tend to be outdoors during the summer months more frequently whether doing work in the yard, golfing, fishing, or farming.

The NLSI also notes that “85% of lightning victims are children and young men (ages 10-35) engaged in recreation or work-related activities.”


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