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Staying safe when lightning is around

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Kids taking part in the Metro Parks day camp on July 18, 2013. Kids taking part in the Metro Parks day camp on July 18, 2013.
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Dave Yarmuth Dave Yarmuth
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Kids in the pool at Jeffersonville Aquatic Center. Kids in the pool at Jeffersonville Aquatic Center.

 

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - About 500 Metro Parks day campers turned out to Fern Creek High School for the annual field day competition. In the event of pop-up thunder or lightning, Ben Johnson says they will be prepared.

  

"We actually have a series of camp meetings before summer camp even starts all of our camp directors have a handbook with all the policies and procedures," said Johnson, the assistant director of recreation.

 

Johnson said safety is always of ultimate importance. Just a few weeks ago, three children were hurt in a lightning strike at the Goldman Union Camp Institute, a reform Jewish Summer Camp in Indianapolis. One of the children was from Louisville.

 

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service says everyone should have a safety emergency plan.

 

"As far as for lightning, go inside," said Dave Yarmuth, a Salvation Army spokesperson. "Protect yourself immediately, stay away from windows, from water, faucets, sinks, bathtubs and telephones."

 

The Jeffersonville Aquatic Center follows standards set forth by the National Lightning Safety Institute guidelines.

 

"We clear the water for 20 minutes until the last thunder clap or 30 minutes until the last lightning strike," said Nikki Dillon, the center director.

 

Lifeguards blow their whistles three times and point up toward the sky to signal to each other they have seen lightning or heard thunder. If more than one person hears the thunder or sees the lightning, they begin clearing the pool.

 

According to the Salvation Army Emergency Service, whenever lightning strikes you should avoid metal objects and tall trees.

 

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