Sound Off

Is it safe to swim in an indoor pool during an electrical storm? What are the rules and regulations?

It may be slightly safer than swimming in an outdoor pool, but it's still dangerous.

Rob Wyrick, aquatics programmer at Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive, said the facility's policy is to clear the pools when there's lightning within 3 miles.

"We do not close our facility, but we clear the pools, and that's for the 35 to 45 minutes after a lighting strike," he said.

The facility has a lighting detector and, like most indoor pools, is built with a special bonding unit that grounds the pool, Wyrick said.

"But there is still a slight risk, so we of course want to take absolutely no chances," he said.

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