Recent weather coincides with Lightning Safety Week

Lightning Safety Week is a reminder to keep yourself safe during the summer's severe weather.

Lightning might be fun to watch, to take pictures of, or fall asleep to, but there isn't anything fun about getting struck.

That's why the American Red Cross is sponsoring Lightning Safety Week.

"This week serves as a public reminder for people to be aware of lightning," Adams County Emergency Management Director John Simon said.

"They are always outdoor activities going on whether they are out on the golf course, on the river, doing sporting activities." he added.

And for this reason, the Quincy Park District has put in place emergency action procedures to keep park-goers safe in the event of lightning.

"We take a 30-minute break from whatever it is maybe going on," Tim Klobe, Recreation Supervisor with the Quincy Park District said.

"So if you're out playing golf on the golf course and they blow the air horn, you have to come back in to the pro shop, until 30 minutes have passed from the last light lightning or sound of thunder," Klobe said.

The Park District has several shelters located around the parks, but there are certain shelters to avoid during a lightning storm.

Pavilions with no walls are an area that should not be used.

"Walls are key in the event of a storm," Klobe said.

Which is why bathrooms and park offices make the best place for shelter.

And while it may not be on a kids' agenda to stop play, going into a shelter is a must when stormy weather hits.

"It only takes one strike to do some damage to a person, and hopefully that will never happen in the Quincy Park District because of the policy that we have in place," Klobe said.

Lightning strikes the Earth on average of 44 times per second, so if you see a flash, keep yourself safe by following these steps.