Tulsa Public Schools is making sure students, parents, and fans at football games are safe. The district has a system that will detect lightning, so they can get people out of the stands. The system is called Thor Guard. It sounds like a horn when activated and lights up. With the weather football fans have seen throughout the last two weeks, parents are glad the school district has the Thor Guard.
"It definitely protects not only the children and the coaches but anybody else involved fans if you have a stadium full of fans and something is coming up you definitely want that aspects of everyone safe," says parent, Noble Grant.
Everyone is trained on what to listen for and it takes the guessing out of when you should take cover.
"The coaches know now that when that goes off, you leave the field no question. It takes the human element out of it. We like that," says Tulsa Public Schools Emergency Management Coordinator, Bob Roberts.
These systems let you know when lightning in likely to strike in the area and football fields are prime locations for lightning.
"Lightning tends to really like people who are standing in open fields. If you are standing in the middle of the football field, you are the tallest thing around," says Roberts.
The school district officials, principal, secretary, and athletic director at the school are sent an email letting them know what's in the area when the systems go off and parents say they like that someone is always pay attention.
"You hear about other areas, other athlete programs and stuff where they didn't have these, child got injured or lighting affected the game or got close, I think it's a great invention," says Grant.
The school district has these systems at all nine high schools.. the education service center and the maintenance and transportation centers.
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