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FALLS CHURCH KIWANIS LITTLE LEAGUE

FALLS CHURCH KIWANIS LITTLE LEAGUE

FCKLL Safety Mission Statement


Maintain a stringent safety plan involving all volunteers working towards the common goal
of ensuring player health and preventing injuries on all fields and at all levels of play.

Play Safe, Play Hard, Play Fair

Key Contacts

For all emergencies, call 911
Fairfax County Police Non-Emergency: 703-691-3121 
FCKLL Safety Officer: Chris Flanagan 202-340-6342, [email protected]
COVID Lead: Erik Rosedahl 571-216-8997, [email protected]
District Administrator: Ellen Witherow 703-356-9691

Player Health and Safety Documents

Incident Reporting

Please fill in the form below to report any safety incidents directly to FCKLL's Safety Officer.

Inclement Weather

WHEN YOU HEAR IT - CLEAR IT, WHEN YOU SEE IT - FLEE IT

Consider the following facts:

  • The average lightning stroke is 6 - 8 miles long.
  • The average thunderstorm is 6 -10 miles wide and travels at a rate of 25 miles per hour.
  • Once the leading edge of a thunderstorm approaches to within 10 miles, you are at immediate risk due to the possibility of lightning strokes coming from the storm’s overhanging anvil cloud (for example, lightning injured 13 people during a concert at RFK occurred while it was sunny and dry).
  • On the average, thunder can only be heard over a distance of 3 - 4 miles, depending on humidity, terrain, and other factors. This means that by the time you hear the thunder, you are already in the risk area for lightning strikes.

League approved electronic detectors may be used and are especially effective for identifying fast-moving storms. If these devices detect lightning within 10 miles of the field, play may be halted and evacuations conducted even without the presence of thunder or lightning.

Rule of Thumb

The ultimate truth about lightning is that it is unpredictable and cannot be prevented. Therefore, any manager, coach, or umpire who hears thunder, sees lightning, or otherwise feels threatened by an approaching storm must stop play and get the kids to safety - regardless of whether or not thunder or lightning are present. This is especially true when safe areas (i.e. buildings and cars) are some distance from the field. Play may resume 30 minutes after the last lightning or thunder is observed.

Where to Go?

No place is absolutely safe from the lightning threat, but some places are safer than others. Large enclosed shelters (substantially constructed buildings) are the safest (like the snack bars and press boxes). For the majority of participants, the best area for them to seek shelter is in a fully enclosed metal vehicle with the windows rolled up. If you are stranded in an open area and cannot get to shelter in a car, put your feet together, crouch down, and put your hands over your ears (to try and prevent eardrum damage).

Where NOT to Go!!

Avoid high places and open fields, isolated trees, unprotected gazebos, rain or picnic shelters dugouts, flagpoles, light poles, bleachers (metal or wood), metal fences, and water.

First Aid to a Lightning Victim

Typically, the lightning victim exhibits similar symptoms as that of someone suffering from a heart attack. In addition to calling 911, the rescuer should consider the following:

  • The first tenet of emergency care is “make no more casualties”.
  • If the victim is in a high-risk area (open field, isolated tree, etc.) the rescuer should determine if movement from that area is necessary - lightning can and does strike the same place twice.
  • If the rescuer is at risk, and movement of the victim is a viable option, it should be done.
  • If the victim is not breathing, start mouth to mouth resuscitation. If it is decided to move the victim, give a few quick breaths prior to moving them.
  • Determine if the victim has a pulse.
  • If no pulse is detected, start cardiac compressions as well.

Note: CPR should only be administered by a person knowledgeable and trained in the technique.

Contact

Falls Church Kiwanis Little League
3004 Marshall St 
Falls Church, Virginia 22042

Email: [email protected]

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