Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year. Although most lightning occurs in the summer, people can be struck at any time of year. Lightning kills an average of 47 people in the United States each year, and hundreds more are severely injured.

Learn how to stay safe and learn more about the science of lightning by going to the lightning section of the National Weather Service.

There you’ll find safety brochures, statistics, animated books, safety tips for all kinds of situations, games for kids and resources for teachers. You’ll learn about lightning victims and survivors.