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Indoor-pool-lightning-risk, clearing indoor pools presents greater risks. by dr. tom griffiths, ph.d. and rachel griffiths, ma. if our goal was to eliminate all risks, we would drain swimming pools and close them to the public.. Do indoor pools and lightning mix?. your student-athletes are practicing for tomorrow’s big swim meet when a storm rolls through the area. lightning splits the sky through the glass ceiling as the low rumble of thunder grows louder., while there are many urban legends in the world of aquatics, one is by far the greatest of all — lightning and indoor swimming pools. the truth is, the practice of clearing indoor pools during outside thunderstorms does not keep people safe and, in many cases, may put them in higher-risk situations..

Before we go down this rabbit hole, i should remind you that you absolutely can be injured (or killed) by lightning while indoors. the cdc says about one-third of lightning-strike injuries occur ..., see also. proceedings of the arkansas academy of science - volume 45 1991 proceedings of the arkansas academy of science - volume 45 1991. acfasp scientific report: lightning safety for indoor swimming pools acfasp scientific report: lightning safety for indoor swimming pools. quo vadis, aquatics?.

Lightning. lightning is another danger associated with indoor swimming pools, a fact that surprises some pool patrons. according to the national lightning safety institute, about 22 million ground-to-cloud lightning flashes occur each year in the united states., we at nlsi could find few reports of deaths or injuries in indoor pools related to lightning causes, however a july 10, 2010 incident at the kingsport (tenn.) legion pool is one reported event. the pool's policy is to evacuate the pool at the first signs of thunder or lightning.. Taking a dip should pose little risk of coronavirus infection, but there could be risks at indoor pools from crowds, poor air circulation, and contaminated surfaces such as handrails., there is a built-in conflict between indoor pool activities and lightning safety. both recreational swimming and competitive swimming events are based upon three icons of entertainment, health, and pleasure. lightning safety is founded on stopping all those forms of enjoyment..

Indoor swimming pools are one place where lightning does not take its toll, making them, statistically, one of the safest places to be during an electrical storm. we know that lightning strikes as far as ten miles from the center of a thunderstorm. doesn’t it just make good sense to get people out of the pool