A flash of lightning illuminates the night sky.
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Innsbruck – The statistics speak for themselves: most thunderstorms are to be expected in Austria each year in June, July and August. The risk of being surprised by lightning strikes is particularly high here. Serious accidents due to lightning strikes have repeatedly occurred in Tyrol over the past few years.
The good news first: According to studies, two thirds of lightning victims survive with minor injuries. In the case of deaths, there is often an immediate occurrence of death, if z. B. lightning strikes a person directly. With a current of 30,000 to 110,000 amps and an extremely short contact time with the human body of ten to 100 milliseconds, a lightning strike is one of the electrical accidents. Every year around 24,000 people worldwide die from lightning strikes, 240,000 survive with injuries. Cardiovascular arrest is the most common cause of death. The massive short-term direct current can paralyze the heart as well as the respiratory center, which leads to prolonged respiratory arrest and can thus trigger a secondary cardiac arrest due to a lack of oxygen. However, the risk of being struck by lightning can be minimized by following a few basic rules.