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:


  • 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.

Lightening Links[]

Joe Jansen

  • Lightning safety information will be found at

  • NOAA has lightning safety information at

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

  • A civil defense web site on lightning safety is at

Bill Nelson

  • Also see:

Lightning protection for specific locations[]

Most thinks that there is only one type of protection way from lightning strike's destruction effects both for humans and constructions as well. But there are plenty type of ways and very best way to install in a particular locations needs to be chosen perfectly. These are some installations ways: for different locations. Afterwards safety details needed to be also organised and prepared for this protection methods.

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.