Fall is the perfect time to have a safe hiking and camping trip. Over 1.5 million people participate in these types of outdoor sports.
Before you start on your outdoor excursion though, be sure you’re prepared. Below is a list of outdoor health and safety risks you should watch out for. You can have a safe hiking and camping experience as long as you follow through with all of your preparations.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Carbon monoxide is dangerous because you can’t see it or smell it. Because of these factors you could get sick or die before you knew it was there. To protect yourself, place stoves, heaters, lanterns and any other such items outside tents. If you anticipate cold weather, dress accordingly.
Wildlife: Stay safe by keeping your distance from all animals and wildlife you meet on the trail. Do not feed or attract any wildlife or leave your garbage and waste scattered around your camp. Leave them alone at all times.
Rules for campfire safety: Do not build your campfire near or under trees. Put rocks around the fire pit to contain any hot embers. Make sure you have water handy just in case. Keep extra wood and kindling away from the fire. Most importantly, never leave a fire unattended, period.
Sun Exposure (Sunburn): Being outside means exposure to the sun and its harsh rays. Be sure to use a sunscreen of at least 15 SPF on all days, including cloudy and overcast, as you can still get burned. Continue reading