Summer is the most dangerous time of year for deaths and injuries due to lightning strikes. Outdoor swimming pools are especially vulnerable: though pools are typically built to be grounded, direct strikes happen and are a persistent danger. Nearby strikes can lead to issues in the pool.
Since you’ve scrolled down this far, I’m guessing you are pissed about getting pulled from the water by a 15 year-old lifeguard. Hopefully, you’ve cooled off since then, but still, for some reason only liquor and therapy can determine, you can’t let it go. Here are the gory details.
Our guards are using the “Weather Bug” app to determine how close the lightening strikes are to the pool. If the strike is closer than 10 miles, we will evacuate the pool for 30 minutes. You can download the app and follow along on the fun.
Lightning’s behavior is random and unpredictable. The National Lightning Safety Institute (NLSI), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommend a very conservative attitude towards it. Preparedness and quick responses are the best defenses towards the lightning hazard.
Despite the distance from the storm, swimming pools are connected to a much larger surface area via underground water pipes, gas lines, electric and telephone wiring, etc. Lightning strikes to the ground anywhere on this metallic network may induce shocks elsewhere.
In general, Applewood Knolls follows the approach outlined by the American Red Cross.. Their Lightning Guidelines can be found and enjoyed here.
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