Summer is upon us and we are all eager to get outside and enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities. Hiking, camping, fishing, boating, picnicking and a plethora of other outdoor activities are enjoyed by millions of people each year and they can be very enjoyable. However, it's a good idea to remember that nature has teeth and they will bite you, even kill you if you are careless.

One of the major causes of accidental deaths in the United States each year is lighting strikes. Anglers and floaters are especially at risk of being struck by lightning. If you are in a boat on a lake, pond, ocean or stream you are the highest thing around, and a fishing rod is a great lightning rod. To increase your odds of being safe there are a few steps that you can follow.