Severe Weather Threatens Football Safety

Fans attending football games Friday night certainly kept their eyes to the skies.

With the threat of severe weather looming, the timing couldn't have been worse.

At Burke High School, in case of a storm, the school knew exactly how to keep the crowd and players safe.

As fans filed into the stadium at Burke High School, they kept the chance of storms in mind.

Storm clouds rolled in, but for a parent like Tammy Francisco, she just packed an umbrella and hoped for the best.

"I am apprehensive because the winds are picking up. However, we were coming regardless. So I'm concerned about the weather, but I've also been praying all day," she said.

With so many players on the field, and fans in the stadium, the school kept safety first.

Dr. Joshua Nichter, Athletic Trainer for the school, subscribes to a service on his phone that texts him notifications if lightning strikes within 10 miles of the stadium.

If school administration decided conditions were too dangerous, they could have made an announcement and sent everyone inside the school for safety.

"First of all, we have to protect the health and safety of our students, and our spectators, and everybody that's here tonight. We don't want anybody getting injured. Lightning is a big concern. Hail is a big concern," said Nichter.

Robert Carlson, another parent at the game, also kept his umbrella close by.

He says he felt safe with the school's plans in place in case of the worst case scenario.

"You know, we've been in it for several years with the kids and the schools have really got a good plan put together and keep everybody safe," he said.

Fortunately, there were no problems at the game, and they got to play and finish the match.


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