Summer Outdoor Safety

Gideon - Joe's JumpSummer is the season for playing around in the great outdoors, but there are a number of dangers associated with outdoor recreation during the summer months. Extreme heat, unrelenting sunshine, poisonous plants, and critters pose a threat to your safety this summer.

The more you know and the more you prepare, the safer you will be and the more fun you will have. Here are some tips for staying safe outdoors this summer.

Beware the sun. The warm glow of the sun on a beautiful day is one of the greatest feelings imaginable, plus the sun provides you with a healthy does of vitamin D. However, overexposure to the sun can be harmful. Sun burn and heat stroke are just two of things you need to watch out for. Be sure to apply sunscreen, wear clothing with UPF, sunglasses, hats, etc. When it comes to sunshine, get in and get out.

Stay hydrated. That big, bright sun means hot, hot temperatures. Hiking, climbing, cycling, or even just sitting outdoors during the summer can take a toll. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Keep in mind that you need more water during the summer to stay hydrated, especially when being active.

Keep your eyes open for poisonous plants. Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac are just some of the plants to look for. These plants secrete oils that can cause mild to severe rashes. These plants can look quite different, and can be hard to identify, which makes avoiding them a challenge. If you’re unsure of whether or not a plant is poisonous, try not to touch it.

Keep the bugs at bay. Insects like ticks and mosquitoes can be more than just annoying, they can be dangerous. Every year, there are reports of people contracting viruses and disease from insect bites. Be sure to avoid heavily wooded areas and high grass when possible. Otherwise, apply bug spray, and wear long sleeves and pants to maximize coverage.

Watch for snakes. Snakes typically aren’t out for blood. They can hear you coming and will try to avoid you because you’re big and scary. However it’s not uncommon to come across a snake during the summer. To minimize your contact with snakes, be aware of when they are most active (early morning and evenings), and always use caution around snake-y looking areas (rock pits, under logs, under rocks, cracks, crevices, etc.)

Carry a first aid kit. A fully stocked first aid kit is crucial for outdoor summer safety. What goes into a first aid kit will vary depending on the length of your trip. the type of trip, and the number of people in your party.

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