Dealing With Lightning and Youth Sports

April 6th, 2012 by Admin

Did you know that at any one time, there are likely about 2,000 storms containing lightning through out the world? Thousands of of bolts of lightning can be created in each storm. Each of those bolts packs enough power to light a 100-watt bulb for more than 3 months. Given how often and how dangerous lightning can be, it is a wonder that more individuals don’t suffer injury or death by these potent lightning bolts.

It is during the summer months in North America when most lightning strikes the ground. This is the same time when children are involved in outdoor sports.

In these situations, the adults involved — the parents, coaches, and officials — are responsible for ensuring the safety of the child athletes. An action plan should be available, and someone at the scene should be responsible for monitoring the weather forecasts and the on-site situation. If at all possible, don’t rely only on personal observation of the storm. Having a portable lightning detector at the game will provide a high level of warning if needed, and can help ensure the safety of all the participants in conjunction with an official thunderstorm policy.

Officials including convenors, referees and others involved in sports of children should be educated on how to ensure the safety of those attending the games when there is risk of lightning strikes.

If you can see lightning or hear the claps of thunder, it is a good idea to postpone the game and maybe even consider cancelling it until another day. The kids you are responsible for are already at risk. It may not yet be raining, but the risk of a lightning stike is remains quite increased. Many injuries from lightning happen just as a storm begins, as people are unaware of the risk. Many people are unaware that a lightning strike could happen a distance of fifteen kilometers or more from where the rain is dropping.

As the decibels of the thunder increase, this means the lightning storm is approaching – your risk is now much higher. If the time delay between seeing the lightning flash and hearing the thunder is less than 30 seconds, your team should already be in, or rushing toward, a safer location.

Having around weather warning devices including weather radio is important as a credible SkyScan lightning detector. Naturally, your common sense and aversion for risk should also be used!

Large buildings provide a much safer environment during a storm than smaller ones. Small structures like gazebos and cabanas should be avoided during thunderstorms.

Learn more about the ews pro portable lightning detector.

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