Tis the season to be extra careful. Irregular weather, lack of experience, or carelessness can turn a nice outing into a fight for survival.
The following easy steps can help you make yours a safe, fun filled adventure.
- Wear adequate clothing. Wool and synthetics will keep you warmer than cotton. Hats, mittens, and extra layers are a must.
- Be prepared. When possible, travel with a companion. Tell someone where you are going and when to expect you back. Check the weather forecast and the snow and ice conditions where you plan to go.
- Together with the bare essentials like water and food, bring sunglasses and sunscreen, first aid kit, map and compass (and GPS).
Hypothermia is a constant threat to people in the outdoors. Knowing the symptoms and what to do can save someone’s life. Symptoms can range from uncontrolled shivering to drowsiness and loss of consciousness.
When someone shows one or more symptoms you should:
- Get the victim to a dry, sheltered place.
- Remove wet clothing and replace with dry, warm clothing and/or blankets.
- If the victim is awake, slowly give warm non-alcoholic drinks.
- Transport to a medical facility as soon as possible.
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