The National Weather Service’s PDF Coaches Guide to Lightning Safety gives good guidance to coaches and other responsible parties on how to keep safe from storms.
Each year in the United States, more than 400 people are struck by lightning. On average, about 70 people are killed and many others suffer permanent neurological disabilities. Most of these tragedies can be avoided if proper precautions are taken. When thunderstorms threaten, coaches and sports officials must not let the desire to start or complete an athletic activity hinder their judgment when the safety of participants and spectators is in jeopardy.
The Coaches Guide to Lightning Safety has been prepared to help coaches and sports officials recognize the dangers of lightning and take appropriate safety precautions.
I share with you to help keep you safe. I know that as the father of a young boy, we spend a lot of time on the soccer field, in the dugout, at boy scouts, and other gatherings – Its my responsibility to keep my boy safe. This guide helps me. Ultimately however, it my common sense and situational awareness that lets me determine if an activity is safe.