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Stay Out! Stay Alive!

"Stay Out-Stay Alive" is a national public awareness campaign aimed at warning children and adults about the dangers of exploring and playing on active and abandoned mine sites.

Every year, dozens of people are injured or killed in recreational accidents on mine property. MSHA launched "Stay Out-Stay Alive" in 1999 to educate the public about the existing hazards. The campaign is a partnership of more than 70 federal and state agencies, private organizations, businesses and individuals.

Throughout the year, "Stay Out-Stay Alive" partners visit schools, communities and youth organizations around the country to educate children about the importance of steering clear of active and abandoned mines.

For further information on the ôStay Out, Stay Alive (SOSA) program, please submit your question to "Ask MSHA".

To report unsafe public mine access, abandoned mine emergencies or abandoned mine locations, call the MSHA Hotline at:

(800) 746-1553

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AML Portal

    Welcome to the AML Portal - a partnership that spans federal, state and local efforts, dedicated to raising awareness about abandoned mine lands. Click here for more information.

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Stay Out! Stay Alive!

"SOSA" Program Held

Volunteers Fence Off Abandoned Mines On Public Lands

MSHA Safety and Health Inspector Brad Allen spoke with more than 50 students at Chipeta Elementary School in Grand Junction, Colorado, about the dangers they can encounter at abandoned and active mines.

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Stay Out! Stay Alive!

Stay Out! Stay Alive! DVD
Stay Out! Stay Alive! DVD
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Stay Out! Stay Alive!

Abandoned Mine Lands

Video Courtesy of
The Bureau of Land Management
Department of the Interior

D-Train - A SOSA Video
D-Train - A SOSA Video


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Stay Out! Stay Alive!
Coloring Book!
Sosa Coloring Book
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Stay Out! Stay Alive!