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If you can see it, flee it; if you can hear it, clear it.
Summer activities can take us outdoors for things like organized athletic events. Maybe it’s watching your favorite team, watching your child play, or taking the field yourself. If you are participating in an outdoor sport, the game is at the mercy of Mother Nature. One of Mother Nature’s most frequent weather hazards is lightning. Baseball, football, lacrosse, skiing, swimming, soccer, tennis, track and field events...all of these and other outdoor sports have been visited by lightning.
The National Lightening Safety Institute (NLSI) says education is the single most important means to achieve lightning safety. A lightning safety program should be implemented at every facility and the NLSI suggests the following steps:
If someone is struck by lightning, apply first aid immediately if you are qualified to do so and get emergency help promptly. People who have been struck by lightning do not carry an electrical charge and are safe to handle.
Remember, “If you can see it, flee it; if you can hear it, clear it” and have a safe game!