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The link between leisure activity and death-by-lightning has been well established, but it's not golf that's the biggest worry.

It's fishing.

Signaling the start of "Lightning Safety Awareness Week," NOAA's National Weather Service released details of a new report Monday that finds the majority of lightning deaths since 2006 occurred while victims were engaged in leisure activities, with "fishing topping the list at 26 deaths."

John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist with the National Weather Service, conducted the study by examining demographic information for 238 deaths attributed to lightning over the last seven years.

NOAA released these findings on the first day of National Lightning Safety Awareness Week to call attention to the danger of outdoor activities during a thunderstorm.

In the study, 82 percent of people killed by lightning were male, and of the 238 lightning deaths, 152 were associated with the following leisure activities:

NOAA's lightning awareness campaign aimed at the golf community began in 2001 and they believe it's made a significant difference. They report that "lightning-related deaths on golf courses have decreased by 75 percent."

There have been seven lightning fatalities recorded so far in 2013.

Lightning Safety Tips (via NOAA/NWS)

IF YOU ARE INSIDE DURING A THUNDERSTORM

IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE DURING A THUNDERSTORM

LAST RESORT IF YOU ARE CAUGHT OUTSIDE WITHOUT SAFE SHELTER DURING A THUNDERSTORM: