Lightning Strikes: Danger at Sporting Events

Ligtning Strike at Sporting Event

Being well informed is critical in the occurrence of poor weather conditions at an outdoor sporting event. Keep the following lightning safety tips in mind from the National Weather Service:

  • Check the weather forecast in advance to prepare for specific conditions.
  • There is no safe place outside during a lightning storm.
  • Stay away from trees, water, and metal objects including bleachers, fences, poles, and machinery.
  • Large buildings are best to take cover in rather than small outdoor shelters such as dugouts, sheds, or rain shelters.
  • Be sure to wait at least 30 minutes after lightning to return back to field for the event.

For more information on the topic visit http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/sports.shtml