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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:
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
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