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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
600 AM CDT WED JUN 25 2014

...LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK...

The National Weather Service has declared the week of 
June 22nd through 28th, LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. 
This is the third in a series of five public information 
statements to be issued by the National Weather Service 
office in Little Rock containing information on lightning 
and lightning safety.

Today's topic is LIGHTNING SAFETY AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES.

Whether you're out kicking a ball around with a friend, or 
at a major sports event, you should be prepared to get to a 
safe place in case a thunderstorm threatens. Since 2006, 
sports activities (golf, soccer, running, baseball, football) 
contributed to 29 lightning deaths in the United States. In 
many cases, those involved in the activities failed to realize 
the developing danger.

For anyone outside, whether you're involved in sports or some 
other activity, keep an eye on the sky and head to safety at 
the first sign of a developing or approaching storm. If you 
hear thunder, you're already in danger and should head inside a 
substantial building or hard-topped vehicle immediately.

Officials in charge of organized sports should have a lightning 
safety plan, and those involved in the sport (and their parents) 
should understand the plan and know what to do. The plan should 
include where the participants and spectators go for safety, 
when the event should be stopped, when the event should be 
resumed, and who is in charge of making weather-related safety 
decisions. It's also important to designate a person to monitor 
conditions and to keep those in charge informed of weather-
related threats. The plan should also account for the time 
required to get everyone to safety.

For stadiums and larger venues, the National Weather Service has 
toolkits which provide templates to help design a safety plan. 
Those toolkits can be found at:
http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/more.htm

Whether you're out for a run, watching your child's game, 
or attending a major sports event, remember that there's no 
safe place outside in a thunderstorm. When thunder roars, go 
indoors!

Question of the day: Are there more golfers killed by lightning 
than by any other activity? 

While golfing is very dangerous when a thunderstorm is in the 
area, during the past eight years, soccer has contributed to 
more sports-related lightning fatalities than golf. During 
that time, golf led to 8 fatalities. This compares with 12 for 
soccer, 5 for running, 3 for baseball, and 1 for football

Here's a list of topics for other days this week: 
THURSDAY – Lightning Safety at Work.
FRIDAY - Lightning Safety Around the Home.

For additional information about lightning or lightning 
safety, visit NOAA's Lightning Safety Awareness web site 
at:

 http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov

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