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Lightning Safety on the Soccer Field

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[Ambient sound of soccer teams warming-up.] [Music fading-in.] Coaches! Good afternoon!
Good afternoon! So prior to arriving, I checked the Environment Canada weather forecast and unfortunately they announce the risk of thunderstorms. What this means is that I need two volunteers, one from each team, who are gonna check the Canadian Lightning Danger Map online. If at any point we hear thunder or we see the little red circles approaching the field, we’re gonna end the game immediately and we’re going to take shelter inside the chalet or inside the cars. Do you understand?
Yes!
Please inform the teams in case they need to prepare themselves for the emergency and good luck, good game! [Whistle blow.] Would you know what to do, or where to look for lightning strike information? Should the game continue, or be delayed? How would you decide? The Canadian Lightning Danger Maps use information from recent lightning strikes to create high danger zones indicated in red. The danger zones help show you where the lightning risk is greatest. Remember, it’s not only direct lightning bolt that can change your life. Ground current, side flash and upward leaders can all injure or kill a person. Red circles are used to indicate areas that have the highest risk. If red circles are over your location, then you’re in a high danger zone. You are at immediate risk of being injured or killed by lightning for at least the next 10 minutes. [Whistle blow.] Everybody off the field! Get to a safe location immediately, which includes a solid building with wiring and plumbing or an all metal vehicle. Do not shelter under a tree! If red circles are nearby or there’s thunderstorms in the forecast, make sure to keep an eye on the sky and listen for thunder. If you can see or hear thunderstorms developing then remember… [Thunder rumbles.] When thunder roars, go indoors! To see what your current lighting danger risk is, please view Environment Canada’s lightning danger maps on our website. [Music fading-out.]

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