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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Binghamton NY
830 AM EDT Wed Jun 21 2017

This week, June 18th through 24th, is New York State`s Lightning
Safety Awareness Week.  This is the third in a series of daily
public information statements issued by the National Weather Service
office in Binghamton, NY containing information on lightning and
lightning safety.

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 31 lightning
deaths in the United States. In many cases, those involved in these
activities failed to realize the developing danger.

For anyone outside, whether you`re involved in sports or in other
activities, keep an eye on the sky at all times 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. Participants (and their parents) should understand the
lightning safety plan and know what to do in a flash.

A lightning safety plan should include the following:

(a) Where participants and spectators go for safety

(b) When the event should be stopped

(c) When the event should be resumed

(d) Who is in charge of making weather-related safety decisions

(e) Assign a team member to monitor weather conditions 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 large venues, the National Weather Service has toolkits which
provide templates to help design a safety plan. Toolkits can be
found at the link below:

http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/toolkits.shtml

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!

Myth of the day- Structures with metal, or metal on the body
(jewelry, cell phones, mp3 players, watches, etc), attract lightning.

Fact: Height, pointy shape, and isolation are the dominant factors
controlling where a lightning bolt will strike. The presence of
metal makes absolutely no difference on where lightning strikes.
Mountains are made of stone but get struck by lightning many times a
year. When lightning threatens, take proper protective action
immediately by seeking a safe shelter. Don`t waste time removing
metal! While metal does not attract lightning, it does conduct it so
stay away from metal fences, railing, bleachers, etc.

Here`s a list of topics that will be covered later 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/ (all lower case).

You can also contact David Nicosia, Warning Coordination
Meteorologist, for NOAA`s National Weather Service in Binghamton at
607-770-9531 x 223 or via email at David.Nicosia@noaa.gov

or

Kat Hawley, Meteorologist, for NOAA`s National Weather Service in
Binghamton at (607) 729-1597 x 4 or via email at
Katherine.Hawley@noaa.gov

$$

KAH


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