Lightning safety awareness level in Malaysia


Nazri, Khairul and Siow, Chun Lim and Gomes, Chandima (2021) Lightning safety awareness level in Malaysia. F1000Research, 10 (921). pp. 1-14. ISSN 2046-1402

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Malaysia is one of the countries with the highest lightning flash density globally. While sufficiency of lightning protection system is crucial to ensure human safety against lightning strikes, the public awareness towards lightning safety is also equally important in Malaysia. Hence, this study was conducted to understand the current lightning safety awareness level of the Malaysian population. Methods: An online questionnaire survey which consists of 22 scientific statements of lightning was first developed in Malay and English. The questionnaire allows the respondent to also check their own score upon completion of the questionnaire. It was then distributed to the public for data collection. The sample size comprised of both genders, all layers of society from various educational level and social background. Results: Overall, the awareness on lightning safety amongst Malaysian is at moderate level with an average score of slightly above 50%. Urbanites scored marginally better than their rural counterparts. One’s education level does not dictate their awareness level of lightning safety. Discussion: In conclusion, the public in Malaysia needs to be better educated on lightning safety. Similar studies should be replicated in other countries experiencing similar levels of lightning activity to better understand the public’s perception on lightning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lightning, lightning safety, public belief, Malaysia, lightning myth
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics > QC851-999 Meteorology. Climatology Including the earth's atmosphere
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering (FOE)
Depositing User: Ms Nurul Iqtiani Ahmad
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2021 05:14
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2021 05:14


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