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Lightning - Rules & Safety Tips

WYBSL has a zero tolerance when it comes to lightning. If you are on the field and you see lightning, evacuate immediately. Lightning often precedes rain, so don't wait for the rain to begin before suspending activities. Wait 30 minutes after the last observed lightning or thunder before resuming activity.


"If you can see it, flee it - if you can hear it, clear it."

When outdoors during lightning:
  • Avoid open spaces
  • Avoid all metal objects including electric wires, baseball bats, flag poles, fences and gates, high mast light poles, metal bleachers etc. 
  • Avoid water
  • Avoid the high ground
  • Remove metal objects (including baseball caps)
  • Where possible, find shelter in a fully enclosed metal vehicle* such as a car, truck or a van with the windows completely shut or in a substantial building.
Unsafe places:
  • Near trees
  • Underneath canopies
  • Small picnic or rain shelters
When indoors during lightning:
  • Avoid water
  • Stay away from doors and windows
  • Do not use the telephone
  • Take off head sets
  • Turn off, unplug, and stay away from appliances, computers, power tools, & TV sets. Lightning may strike exterior electric and phone lines, inducing shocks to inside equipment.
  • If you feel your hair standing on end, and/or hear "crackling noises" - you are in lightning's electric field.
  • Victims of a lightning strike do not carry an electrical charge and can be handled safely. Call 911 or send for help immediately. Apply First Aid procedures to a lightning victim if you are qualified to do so. 
  • If you hear thunder, it and the associated lightning are within auditory range…about 6-8 miles away. The distance from Strike A to Strike B also can be 6-8 miles.
  • A lightning flash can travel horizontally many miles away from the thunderstorm and then strike the ground. These types of lightning flashes are called "Bolts from the Blue" because they seem to come out of a clear blue sky. While blue sky may exist overhead (or in part of the sky overhead) a thunderstorm is always located 5 to 10 miles (and sometimes even farther) away. Although these flashes are rare, they have caused fatalities.
  • *A safe vehicle is any fully enclosed metal-topped vehicle such as a hard-topped car, minivan, bus, truck, etc. While inside a safe vehicle, do not use electronic devices such as radio communications during a thunderstorm. If you drive into a thunderstorm, slow down and use extra caution. If possible, pull off the road into a safe area. Do not leave the vehicle during a thunderstorm. Unsafe vehicles include convertibles, golf carts, riding mowers, open cab construction equipment and boats without cabins.