Sometimes the most treacherous storms can be the least expected. You might wake up in the morning and head to the soccer field with sunny skies, but that at times, isn’t an indicator. Here are three safety tips for you and your children if you’re ever at the field and a storm unpredictably comes your way:
1. Cancel games and practices: If you hear thunder or see any lightning, games and practices should be cancelled immediately. Also, don’t wait for the rain. Many people take shelter or leave because of the rain, but some of the worst lightning strikes take place before the rain actually falls. Be sure to always keep an eye on the sky!
2. If you can’t get to a shelter, stay away from trees and metal objects: If you’re parked far away from your vehicle or you’re waiting for a family member, don’t wait by trees. Lightning tends to strike the tallest objects. Try waiting inside of a sturdy building nearby until your family gathers or the storm stops.
3. Wait at least 30 minutes to resume play: Restart games after no thunder has been heard for 30 minutes. If the storm comes back a second time around, don’t be afraid to suspend the game again. Typically, a game or practice will get cancelled immediately if a second storm comes in.
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