A Lightning Detection System provides early-warning of lightning through Birch Park, North Park, Community Center and Pool on Pacific. The Strike Guard Early Warning System detects and tracks lightning strikes and provides warning when lightning strikes within a 10 mile radius.
When lightning strikes have been detected (no false alarms) within the warning area, the systems in that zone will provide warning. One long (15-second) siren will sound, and a strobe will flash on the unit. After the Strike Guard System determines conditions are safe, (30 minutes of no lightning) the siren will sound three five-second intermittent blasts and the strobe will go off, providing notice that it is safe to resume activity in this area.
Active locations include:
Birch Park, North Park, Community Center and Pool on Pacific.
Familiarize yourself with the warning unit in this park. Each location has signs such as the following explaining the Lightning Procedures. On the Park District of Franklin Park website, familiarize yourself with the sounds of the sirens so you can practice the proper safety procedures. Sirens and strobes will not go off when the parks are closed for the evenings or during none usage winter months.
Be vigilant in monitoring threatening weather and always err on the side of caution. Seek shelter immediately in the event of the following:
- You hear one long siren.
- You hear thunder (regardless of siren).
- You see lightning (regardless of siren).
- You see the strobe light on when arriving at the park.
No place outdoors is safe when a thunderstorm is near! The best shelter from lightning is to be inside a substantial building.
- Avoid car ports, porches, garages, sheds, tents, baseball dugouts, or under bleachers.
- If no substantial shelter is available, then seek refuge in a hard topped vehicle, with the windows up.
- Stay away from trees, electrical poles, or other tall objects.
- DO NOT LIE FLAT ON THE GROUND! Crouch down on the balls of your feet to create the lowest profile
Familiarize yourself with the Lightning Alert sound.
For questions, concerns, suggestions, comments regarding these Lightning Detection Systems contact Nathan Wick, Superintendent of Parks, at 847-455-2852, firstname.lastname@example.org