Environment Canada has a reminder for outdoor enthusiasts.
As more outside activities begin to take place, lightning awareness becomes ever more important.
The majority of injuries and fatalities are not caused by a direct lightning strike but by ground current and side flash events.
These effects can be seen in Environment Canada’s video, “Lightning Safety on the Soccer Field.”
The video also helps soccer players and sports enthusiasts learn how to stay safe when there is a threat of lightning near their location, by using the Canadian Lightning Danger Map.
If you realize you are in a lightning danger area, either by hearing thunder or seeing red on the CLDM, take shelter immediately, preferably in a house or all-metal vehicle (not convertible top).
DO NOT take shelter under a tree.
Research shows two-thirds of damaging lightning strikes occur when the storm is not directly above the victim – but is approaching or has just passed by.