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Tips to stay safe in unpredictable summer weather

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Summer weather is certainly unpredictable. One moment it's sunny, the next you could have thunder showers and lightning. Lightning kills about 42 people every year in the United States.

Lightning can pop up at any time; especially during the warmer months. That can be dangerous, especially for athletes on the field or court.

In order to protect student athletes, the National Athletic Trainers' Association has released guidelines to prevent injuries when it comes to lightning and other weather hazards, including safety policies for coaches, athletic trainers, parents, administrators and others involved in athletic or recreational activities. Here are the highlights:

-Make sure you have a lightning emergency plan where to go, what to do if someone gets struck by lightening.

-Let players know the National Weather Service lightning safety slogans such as "no place outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area" or "half an hour since thunder roars, now it's safe to go outdoors."

- Establish a person who can make decisions to remove individuals from the field

-Know the weather forecast before you go out and play

-Let players know where to find safe shelters, like homes and cars, and avoid unsafe areas such as open shelters, picnic tables or bus stops, which are partially open to the rain and lightning.

But most of all, always have first aid kit on hand including an AED.

Since 1982, Wisconsin has had 23 lightning related deaths.

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