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In Canada, lightning strikes once every 3 seconds during the summer months

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The summer months are full of unpredictable weather conditions, with everything from lightning to extreme heat. Partner the extreme weather conditions with poor air quality and you are facing months of potentially dangerous situations not only for your health but in some cases your life. Taking the correct safety precautions including observing the 30-30 Rule, keeping hydrated and exercising at the right time of day, will allow you to stay active and safe all summer long!

Sport organizations/clubs are encouraged to read the article regarding Lightning and the Law: Lessons from a Soccer Game since it describes a situation last summer involving a coach, referee and U11 girls soccer team in Toronto. We are fortunate to have the legal counsel involved in the case share their story with us and highlight the lightning rule the Toronto Soccer Association has included to encourage the safety of its participants.

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Lightning Safety Cards

Be sure your sport association has a lightning safety policy and that everyone knows the 30-30 rule.

To help you recall this important rule of thumb, Environment Canada and SIRC are providing wallet-sized business cards with the 30-30 rule on them along with some lightning safety tips.  Print out and distribute these wallet sized lightning safety cards.

Order your Lightning Safety Cards from SIRC*

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Lightning and the Law: Lessons from a Soccer Game

Last summer, southern Ontario saw an unusually high volume of lightning activity. Our story begins on July 8, 2008, the night of a severe thunderstorm in Toronto. Before the storm struck, children were playing soccer games in many Toronto parks and fields. One game involved two U-11 girls’ rep teams from competing soccer clubs.

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Supplementary Article: Is lightning a threat to outdoor sports?

Avoiding Heat Illness

Everyone should be aware of the risks, symptoms, and prevention methods related to heat illness. Heat illnesses fall into different categories and often progress from one category to another, depending on symptom severity. Heat cramps and heat syncope are less severe illnesses that can serve as early warning signs to the much more serious heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Being aware of the signs and symptoms of heat illness can greatly reduce the risks and can save a life.

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Supplementary Article: Being S.M.A.R.T.

Heat and Smog

This summer, the temperature has bounced around like a yoyo. One day it is blazing hot and sunny. The next, we are faced with a haze of smog. Heat and smog are issues athletes need to consider seriously before they tie up their laces and head out for a long run or bike ride. Whether the mind set is competitive or recreational, endurance sport events including long distance running, cycling, and race walking are the most vulnerable to heat and pollution. Included in this article is the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI), which is a scale designed to help you understand what the air quality around you means to your health

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Supplementary Article: Through the Smog

Lightning Injuries in Sports

There is no absolute protection against lightning because of its random and capricious nature. However, the risk of being struck by lightning can be substantially reduced. There are general safety rules that apply to all athletic and recreational events. The athlete should have a proactive plan that can be instituted when storms approach. He/she should go to a safe shelter before the storm arrives and stay there until the danger is gone. Because the location, climate, terrain and playing site vary with different sporting activities, safety plans may have distinct elements for different recreational activities.

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Supplementary Article: Perspectives on lightning safety risk management

Heat Can Kill

Tragic events that occurred during preseason training in both college and professional football, administrators, coaches, and physical educators must take time to re-evaluate how conditioning activities, daily practices and classes are conducted during extreme heat. Administrators, coaches, and physical educators need to think in terms of legal liability and risk management when addressing this issue and to ask themselves how they can prevent such tragedies.

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Supplementary Article: Steps to a Safe Summer

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