Outdoor Safety

Welcome to the Outdoor Safety page!  Listed below is valuable information and safety tips to help you prepare for all 4 seasons.

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WINTER:  PREPARING A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT

It is extremely important to be prepared for an emergency situation, especially during Winter travel season.  Do you have a Winter Survival Kit prepared and set aside to place in your motor vehicle when the cold weather approaches?  If you should become stranded, this kit could save your life and any passengers that may be traveling with you.

Here is a checklist of items that you should include:  1.) Small shovel; 2.) Windshield scraper, plus a small broom and/or snow pusher; 3.) Flashlight with extra batteries; 4.) Battery powered radio; 5.) Several bottles of water; 6.) Snack food including energy bars, raisins and mini candy bars; 7.) Matches and small candles; 8.) Extra hats, socks and mittens; 9.) First aid kit with a pocket knife; 10.) Several doses of necessary medications; 11.) Blankets and/or sleeping bag; 12.) Tow chain or rope; 13.) Road salt, sand or cat litter for traction; 14.) Booster cables; 15.) Emergency flares and reflectors;  16.) Fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention; 17.) Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter

Here are some important things to remember:  1.) Always keep plenty of gas in your tank; 2.) Keep your cell phone fully charged; 3.) Reverse batteries in flashlight to avoid accidentally turning on and battery burnout; 4.) Store your kit in the passenger compartment in case the trunk lid won’t open; 5.) Select small packages of food that you can eat hot or cold

If you should become stranded – remember:  1.) Call 911 on your cell phone, follow the instructions and be sure to stay on the line; 2.) Remain inside your vehicle – walking in a storm can be extremely dangerous; 3.) Do not overexert – it can lead to heart attack, serious injury or hypothermia; 4.) Keep snow completely clear of tailpipe to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning; 5.) Only run the engine for 10 minutes each hour and keep window slightly open for fresh air; 6.) Do not expect to be comfortable – you want to survive until you are found

Always remember to arrive – alive

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SPRING: OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE

Spring is a good time to check and be sure that all equipment is ready for use in the outdoors.  For all your gas powered equipment (lawn mowers, weed eaters, etc.) make sure that you check the air filter, oil and spark plug.  Always disconnect the spark plug wire before checking your mower blades.  If you use electric operated equipment, make sure that your extension cords are free of any cuts and/or exposed wires.  This could result in the possibly of an electrical shock when using these types of items.  Remember, when operating any outdoor yard equipment, always wear the proper clothes, shoes and gloves (if required).

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SUMMER:  HEAT STROKE PREVENTION

Summer temperatures can get excessively high.  If you or someone you know are in the outdoors at the “wrong time”, it can have an adverse effect on your health.

Here is a list of some valuable tips provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  1.) Drink more non-alcoholic fluids – do not wait until you are thirsty;  2.) Do not consume liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar;  3.) Avoid very cold drinks – they can cause stomach cramps; 4.) Stay indoors in air conditioning if at all possible;  5.) Electric fans can provide comfort – unless the temperature is in the 90’s;  6.) Take a cool shower or bath;  7.) Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing;  8.) NEVER leave anyone or pets in a closed, parked vehicle;  9.) Anyone can suffer from heat-related illness – those at the greatest risk include: Infants and young children – People aged 65 and older – Those with mental illness – Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure.

If you must be out in the heat, be sure to do the following:  1.) Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours, when the sun is not so “strong”; 2.) Cut down on exercise;  3.) Try to rest often in a shady location;  4.) Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and use sun screen that is SPF15 or higher.

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FALL: FALLEN LEAVES

A reminder that fallen leaves can pose a hazard.  1.) When roadways are wet, traveling on leaf covered areas can be like driving on icy roads in the winter and can affect the control that you have in your motor vehicle.  Never travel at high rates of speed under this type of condition.   2.) Never drive through or park your vehicle on top of a pile of leaves – the exhaust system underneath your vehicle can become hot, creating a fire hazard.

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Always remember:  In the event of an emergency – dial 911