The United States Lifesaving Association, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service have launched a new lifeguard lightning safety initiative.
Lightning kills an average of 54 people in the US each year,
according to the NWS. Lifeguards are frontline safety providers who
can successfully intervene to minimize the chances of injury and
death, but they have been killed as well.
“Saving lives and preventing injuries are the primary roles
of lifeguards, and water is not the only source of problems,”
said B. Chris Brewster, President of the U.S. Lifesaving
Association. “These guidelines are intended to help
lifeguards protect the public, protect themselves, and reduce the
toll of lightning-related injuries in the United States.”
The program is available at usla.org/lightning. It includes general
guidelines, a site preparation checklist, and a model emergency
action plan, designed for use by lifeguard agencies and intended to
be edited in accordance with local circumstances and