Lightning Safety Policy & Guidelines
1. Remember that prevention and education are the key
a. Obtain a weather report prior to practice or games. When outside, listen to weather radio if you suspect a storm is approaching.
b. Know that the existence of blue sky and the absence of rain are not protection from lightning.
c. If a storm is approaching, monitor the situation carefully.
d. No place outside is safe near a thunderstorm.
e. Open fields and elevated places are the most dangerous when it comes to lightning.
f. The activity with the fastest rising lightning casualty rate is outdoor sports and recreation.
2. Assess and Act On Immediate Risk
a. At every practice, game, or outdoor event, a parent, or club/team official should act as the lightning monitor(s). The monitor(s) must be responsible for assessing current weather conditions and relaying threat situations to the coach and or officials as appropriate.
b. Weather Bug app will be used to assess the distance of the last lightning strike.
c. If a lightning strike is within 10 miles the field must be evacuated and the practice/ game suspended until 30 minutes after the last lightning strike. If after 30 minutes lightning is still within 10 miles the practice/game will be canceled.
3. Take Shelter in a Safe Location
a. Remember that no place outside is safe near thunderstorms.
b. The best shelter is a large, fully enclosed, substantially constructed building.
c. A vehicle with a solid metal roof and metal sides is a reasonable second choice. Stay inside the vehicle with windows up – do not lean on the vehicle.
4. Avoid the most Dangerous Locations
a. Higher elevations
b. Wide open areas, including fields
c. Tall isolated objects, such as trees, poles, or light posts
d. Unprotected open buildings such as pavilions, picnic shelters, or bus stops
e. Metal fences and metal bleachers
NO LIGHTNING SAFETY POLICY GUIDELINES WILL PROVIDE 100% GUARANTEED SAFETY. HOWEVER, THESE STEPS WILL HELP AVOID MOST CASUALTIES OR INJURY
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