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DangerCamping

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Lightening Safety

Mick Cole

Anyone hiking in an area subject to thunderstorms (which is most or perhaps all of us) needs, at a minimum, to be aware of the following rules, the violation of at least some of which were almost certainly a significant factor in two recent scouting deaths:

LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS

  • AVOID: Avoid water. Avoid all metallic objects. Avoid the high ground. Avoid solitary tall trees. Avoid close contact with others - spread out 15-20 ft.
  • APART: Avoid contact with dissimilar objects (water & land; boat & land; rock & ground; tree & ground). Avoid open spaces.
  • SEEK: Seek clumps of shrubs or trees of uniform height. Seek ditches, trenches or the low ground. Seek a low, crouching position with feet together with hands on ears to minimize acoustic shock from thunder.
  • KEEP: Keep a high level of safety awareness for thirty minutes after the last observed lightning or thunder.

http://www.lightningsafety.com/nlsi_pls/ploutdoor.htm

Lightening Links

Joe Jansen

  • Lightning safety information will be found at

http://www.lightningsafety.com/nlsi_pls/lst.html

  • NOAA has lightning safety information at

http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/

http://www.lightning.org/safety.htm

  • A web site constructed to participate in Lightning Safety Awareness Week (June 19-25 2005) is at

http://www.kidslightning.info/

  • A civil defense web site on lightning safety is at

http://www.co.honolulu.hi.us/ocda/thunder4.htm

Bill Nelson

  • Also see:

http://www.usscouts.org/safety/safe_lig.html

Rain Management

We treat the eureka tents once every two years, use vestibules and then the boys use plastic on the interior floors of the tents to keep their bags /gear dry. Shoes stay out in the vestibules and they stay dry there provided they are set-up correctly.

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