Think Safety when Spending Time Outdoors

Summer and fall are perfect times to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you enjoy camping, hiking, boating, or hunting, adequate preparations and a little common sense are key to ensuring that your outdoor experience is both safe and enjoyable. Keep the following in mind when planning any outdoor adventure.

• Travel with a companion and leave a copy of your itinerary with a responsible person.

• Learn basic first aid and carry a first aid kit.

• Wear appropriate clothing for weather conditions and the season. Always bring something warm, extra socks and rain gear.

• Keep an eye on current and predicted weather conditions.

• Check your equipment prior to your trip. Do not wait until you are at the trailhead or dock.

• Pack your own water or purify water from streams and lakes through chemical treatment, boiling or filtration before drinking.

• Bring sunscreen no matter the season. Wear sunglasses and a hat or visor to protect your eyes.

• Protect yourself from ticks, mosquitoes and diseases they carry. Wear insect repellant with DEET (on skin or clothing) or permethrin (on clothing) and wear light colored clothing so you can spot ticks more easily.

• Beware of poisonous plants by knowing what dangerous plants are common to the area and how to identify them.

• Practice good hygiene. Make sure to wash your hands, particularly after using the toilet and before handling food.

• When hunting, don’t forget to wear hearing protection.