Oct 08, 2013 • 4 min read
Kimberly Brooke Pengel, M.D., is board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Sports Medicine.
Do your children know to come inside when they are playing in a thunderstorm? Do you know how to protect yourself from lightning? Does your child’s coach call off practice/games in a thunderstorm?
The risk of unfavorable weather occurring during sports participation is often a reality and the threat of being struck by lightning is often an underrated danger. Each year, more than 400 people in the U.S. are struck by lightning, resulting in an average of 70 deaths. This tragedy is largely preventable if proper safety measures are understood and put into practice.
1. Basic Lightning Facts
2. Precautions for Outdoor Activities/Sports events
3. Storm Safety Steps
If you feel your hair standing on end, lightning is about to strike and there may not be time to seek shelter. When this happens, assume the “lightning crouch”:
4. Lightning First Aid
Most importantly, keep informed! Educate your children about lightning safety and rehearse emergency scenarios. Discuss the facts and encourage your child’s coaches to adhere to a lightning safety plan.
For more information on lightning safety, visit the website for NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).
Kimberly Brooke Pengel, M.D., is board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Sports Medicine. Dr. Pengel is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Colorado. She currently practices at the Rocky Mountain Youth Sports Institute part of the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.