Our winter-time shackles have been released, and the beautiful spring weather beckons us outdoors. Whether you’re headed to the lake, the woods, the mountains, the bike trail or the backyard, please take a minute and consider a few safety and health precautions listed below.
- Skin cancer is on the rise, so remember to apply appropriate sun tan lotion.
- Stay hydrated. Carry plenty of water wherever you go. Know the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
- Snake bites. Stay calm and know how to reach medical help fast.
- Take breaks and know your physical limitations.
- Use insect repellant to ward off ticks, mosquitoes and chiggers.
- Protect your hearing from exposure to high decibel noise e.g. chainsaws, boat motors, guns, etc.
- Good eye protection may be important for some outside activities.
- Take a buddy. Remember—safety in numbers.
- Consider personal protection and a means of self-defense. This may be dictated by the environment and potential risks.
- Don’t forget a life jacket when you head to the water.
- Protect your head. Wear a helmet when biking, climbing and rafting.
- Pack the essentials and a first aid kit.
- Inspect your equipment for wear and tear.
- Carry a form of communication and let others know your travel plans.
- Travel with a roadside emergency kit. You never know when your car might break down.
- Appropriate footwear: you need good ankle support for hiking and good sandals for your favorite water sport. Take great care of your feet. Think about how dependent you are on the feet to enjoy the outdoors and get back home safely.
I hope these tips are helpful as you pursue your outdoor passion. Please take a minute and share other safety tips that you live by.