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Guide to Safe Scouting Features New Policy on Lightning Safety Measures

Statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that lightning killed 29 people and caused at least 300 injuries to others in the United States during 2010. At least 24 of the 29 deaths were to people involved in outdoor activities. In many cases, lightning has caused serious and lifelong injuries, including memory loss, muscular pain, numbness, and depression.

To help raise awareness of the dangers of lightning, June 19–25 has been designated National Lightning Safety Awareness WeekExternal Link.

Visit the above site on for tips on lightning avoidance, as well as links to the newly updated Guide to Safe Scouting section on lightning risk reduction. Despite more than 100 years of folklore, the latest guidance advises that there is “no safe place outside” in a lightning storm.

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