Thursday, September 5, 2013
NFL Season Opens Tonight After Weather Delay
Lightning safety at large stadiums is of particular concern when developing emergency action plans because of the unique considerations required. If you have a football stadium full of fans numbering in the tens of thousands how do you protect them in a storm? Do you try to get them to leave the stadium and risk potential injuries because of a panic? Do you design/retrofit the stadium to allow for redirecting the electrical current and keep fans inside the stadium? These are questions that must be asked by facilities management and the sports leagues anytime lightning is a risk.
To get a refresher on lightning safety basics, check out this previous blog entry. If you want to learn more about lightning safety in large stadiums, check out this article written by Joel Gratz in 2006. This article is the crux of many emergency action plans for large sports stadiums and lightning safety.
Submitted by Heather L. Clemons, MS, MBA, ATC