Lightning: Lightning Victims - How to Help

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In the event that a person is struck by lightning, medical care may be needed immediately to save the person's life. Call 911 and provide directions and information about the likely number of lightning strike victims. With proper treatment, including CPR if necessary, most victims survive a lightning strike. 

Side Flash

Most people struck by lightning are not struck directly but are affected by the current running through the ground (also known as a side flash). People who are adversely affected by a lightning flash, either directly or indirectly, need prompt medical attention. 

Be Careful

The first rule of emergency care is "make no more casualties." Rescuers must stay aware of the continuing danger that a lightning storm poses, both to the rescuers as well as to the victims.