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Lightning Detector Policy and Procedure

Lightning Detector Policy and Procedure

Thor Guard Protection

A lightning prediction system that consists of sensors measuring electrostatic charges at ground level and in the atmosphere. These electrostatic charges, invisible to the naked eye, build prior to lightning occurrences. When conditions indicate that a lightning occurrence is probable, a signal is sent to two alarm horns and strobe lights located at at various parks in Algonquin and Lake in the Hills.

Park Locations:

  • Presidential Park – Located on Baseball Shed roof
  • Kelliher Park – Located on Restrooms roof
  • Sunset Park – Located on Baseball Restrooms roof AND Pole on the nrth west side of the Complex near the football fields
  • Leroy Guy Park – Located on Restroom roof

The following procedures are to be followed when potentially dangerous weather exists:

Warning Signal: 
A Warning Signal (one long 15 second horn blast) will sound and strobe lights will activate when a potentially dangerous weather situation is approaching. The strobe lights are mounted on the top of a building. If the strobe lights are activated, a potentially dangerous weather situation exists.

All activities in the park will end immediately and patrons must leave the park. It is recommended that park patrons seek shelter in their cars. Patrons should avoid areas that are higher than the surrounding landscape, they should not use a tree for shelter, and they should keep away from metal objects such as bicycles, golf clubs, umbrellas, etc. All park patrons must wait until the Lightning Prediction System performs an All Clear Signal before returning to the park.

All Clear Signal:
The All Clear Signal (three short horn blasts, two seconds apart) will sound, and the strobe lights will deactivate. After the All Clear Signal sounds and the strobe lights deactivate, park patrons may resume their activities.

The Thor Guard System helps assess the conditions. Neither the signal nor the system is intended to guarantee that conditions are safe. If the weather is threatening and no warning signal is heard or seen, use good judgment and clear the field. Do not wait for the warning signal to activate, as the system can malfunction.

Coaches Refs and Parents please use good judgment and leave the field Promptly

PARKS without LIGHTNING Prediction systems

Please use the following tips to stay safe in the event of an oncoming thunderstorm:

o    Monitor threatening weather. Be aware of thunderstorm watches and warnings and look for darkening skies, flashes of lightning or increased wind, which may be signs of a developing or approaching thunderstorm.

o    Check the latest forecast prior to a practice or event. Postpone activities if necessary.
If thunderstorms are forecasted, most often during the spring/summer months, consider postponing activities early to avoid being caught in a dangerous situation.

o    Get to a safe structure. If you hear thunder, suspend your activity immediately and instruct everyone to get to a safe structure. Avoid sheds, small or open shelters, dugouts, bleachers, or grandstands, and stay off corded phones and away from wiring or plumbing. If a sturdy building is not nearby, a hard-topped metal vehicle with the windows closed will offer good protection.

o    Use the Judgment Rule. If you see lightning or hear Thunder, take cover regardless of how far away it appears. Wait 30 minutes after the last flash of lightning or sound of thunder before resuming any outdoor activity.

Thanks to the vigilance of park patrons, a lightning related incident has never occurred within our club.

We can remain incident-free if you continue to be vigilant and use sensible precaution.