• Avoid gyms or auditoriums.
  • Take shelter in interior halls.

IN OPEN COUNTRY...

  • Move away from the storm at right angles.
  • If unable to move, lie flat in the lowest ground possible.

From the Govenor's Division of Emergency Management -

AUSTIN ? Sports fields are dangerous places to be during thunderstorms due to the danger of lightning strikes. That?s why the National Weather Service and the Governor?s Division of Emergency Management urge Texans to delay the game when thunderstorms approach.

In wide open areas like sports fields or golf courses, YOU may be the tallest object. In addition, metal bleachers, fences, light poles and goal posts attract lightning. When lightning hits these objects, the charge travels along the object, potentially injuring anyone in contact with the metal. Lightning can bounce off any of these objects and strike people nearby.

Officials with schools, athletic programs, day care centers and summer camps, as well as coaches, referees and parents need to understand the dangers. Be prepared to suspend games and move the players and spectators inside nearby buildings or into cars and buses until the storm threat passes. Here are some lightning safety tips:

  • If you hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Take shelter.
  • If you are outdoors with no shelter available, stay low.
  • Move away from hills and high places. Avoid tall, isolated trees.
  • Do not touch metal objects, such as tennis rackets, baseball bats or golf clubs.
  • Do not ride bicycles, or lean against fences or metal sheds.
  • Do not lean against a car or truck -- get inside the vehicle quickly.
  • For more information on preparing yourself for bad weather, log on to:

LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS

Did you know lightning kills more people every year than tornadoes and hurricanes? You hear more about tornadoes and hurricanes when they occur, but lightning is something that we take too "lightly."

Many people who are struck by lightning do not die. In fact, an average of 1 in 5 people struck by lightning will die. Quick medical attention, usually in the form of CPR, is needed for those who are struck by lightning.

There are warning signs of an impending lightning strike. First, you will feel all of your hair tingle or shoot straight up. When this occurs, lightning is getting ready to strike within one to ten seconds. While this may look or sound funny, it is nature's way of telling you that you are about to be a lightning victim.

To survive a lightning strike, try the following:

First, crouch down like a catcher behind home plate on the balls of your feet. Don't let your knees touch the ground.