Experts say lightning strikes rare

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Monday, a 9-year-old boy was rushed to Dayton Children’s after being struck by lightning in his home on the 200 block of Air Street, minutes away for the hospital.

Monday’s incident is bringing to light the seriousness of lightning strikes; 2 NEWS was asking questions about how dangerous lightning can be.

Dr. Thomas Krzmarzick with Dayton Children’s Emergency Room unity says what happened to this 9-year-old boy is rare.

“The force probably– or the electrical force probably centered on that area right there. It oculd have been that he was touching a piece of metal because there was a metal sink,” said the ER medical director.

But if struck, Krzmarzick says there are serious injuries and burns that can happen, like those described in the 911 call made by the boy’s mother.

He says often the real damage doesn’t show itself until days after the strike.

“They can have hidden and deep injuries and so even if we think they look okay most of the times we’re going to be admitting them to the hospital to at least observe them to make sure they’re okay,” the doctor explained.

He says while this isn’t a common day experience, people should still be prepared.

Officials advise always seeking shelter when there’s severe weather.

And one basic tool can help you in case anyone is ever struck by lightening.

“Everyone should know CPR Because if you have a serious strike obviously you can go into cardiopulmonary arrest and that person needs to have immediate resuscitation even before the life squad gets there so that’s probably the most important thing,” advised Krzmarzick.

Tuesday, there was no word on the condition of the Dayton child that was hurt.

Officials are warning to keep away from metal surfaces, as well as electrical outlets during severe weather.

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