It's Lightning Safety Awareness Week

The 20th Lightning Safety Awareness Week is now underway.

While the numbers are improving, Florida still leads the nation in the number of people killed by lightning strikes each year.

Twenty years ago, more than 50 people were killed by lightning each year. Now, that number is below 30.

The first Lightning Safety Awareness week was organized in 2001 and was in partnership with the PGA. Leon, the Lightning Safety Mascot debuted five-years later.

Back in 2012, lightning safety was the platform for Miss America contestant Ellen Bryan.

This Sunday is International Lightning Safety Day. The day was adopted by 17 nations back in 2015 following the deaths of 18 students who were killed by a lightning strike in Uganda.

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