Lightning kills more people in Canada in an average year than rain, hail, wind, floods, tornadoes and hurricanes combined.
That's a fact from Environment Canada meteorologist Dan Kulak, who said more safety precautions need to be taken around the dangerous bolts.
"People tend to stay outside too long and the storms get too close before trying to seek shelter or they move back outside from their sheltered location too soon after a storm moves by and they unfortunately become of victim of lightning."
The majority of injuries and fatalities in Canada are caused by side flashes and ground currents coming from a direct lightning strike.
"If you can hear thunder, basically it's time to get inside and find shelter," added Kulak.
Environment Canada recommends avoiding trees when searching for cover. In 2017 it was estimated that twenty per cent of lightning deaths occur from people hiding under a tree.
Storm clouds can produce lightning that could strike over 40 kilometres away from the cell. is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.