Lightning is big safety concern for kids playing outdoors

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Each year in the United States, more than 400 people are struck by lightning.

Lightning often strikes outside areas of heavy rain, and may strike as far as ten miles from any rainfall.

Staying safe outdoors is a big concern, especially during severe weather season.

The Fishers Soccer Club is just one local sports group responsible for keeping kids safe while they're playing soccer in Central Indiana.

"They don't take any chances, and all the parents are out here looking at the weather on their iPhones too," said parent Dawn Fisher.

"As soon as we see anything close to lightning or as soon as we hear thunder, the rule for Indiana Youth Soccer is, you hear thunder you have to get off the field for 30 minutes," said Bryan Michel with the Fishers Soccer Club. "So as soon as we hear anything, even the farthest rumble, we get all the kids - if the parents are still there - back in the cars or some kind of covering or safe place."

Parents have seen kids pulled to safety multiple times.

"I can't tell you a single team that hasn't had something where they pull people off due to lightning," said Chris Lawhead.

If thunderstorms are in the forecast, or pop up during games, parents are just a phone call away. Lawhead says a call blast can be sent out to parents letting them know practice has been canceled, or they need to pick up their kids.

Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors. If you can see lightning, or hear thunder, you're in danger.

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