Safety Tips

Personal Safety

  • Carry a cell phone in case of emergency.
  • When visiting the parks, try to visit with a friend or with a group
  • Most trails are marked by numbered trail markers, if calling for assistance, make note of the number
  • Be aware of you surroundings and stay on the trails.
  • Carry a whistle in case of an emergency
  • If a vehicle is in involved in a crime, try to get the license plate number

Child Safety

  • Always go to the park with an adult or friends
  • While hiking, stay on trails
  • Seek cover in a park facility or shelter during a storm
  • The Rangers are your friends. If you questions or need help, look for the Ranger and his vehicle
  • Ice on rivers, creeks, and ponds can be dangerous, please do not walk on ice, it may not be as strong as you think
  • Always wear your protective equipment while riding your bicycle or skating in the park
  • Baby animals are cute but should be left alone
  • Watch out for the “itchy-gitchys”, some plants will give you an itchy rash just by touching them
  • Never talk to strangers, or accept invitations to go anywhere with someone you don’t know

Vehicle Safety

  • Lock your valuables in the trunk before entering the park and leave items that you won’t be using at home
  • Before leaving your vehicle, make note of any suspicious persons or vehicles
  • Have keys ready when returning to vehicle

Driving Safety

Many of the parks have large deer populations. Be aware that deer are more active during fall.

  • Be particularly cautious at dusk and dawn when deer are more active.
  • Be aware that if one deer crosses the road, more are likely to follow.
  • Reduce speed and be prepared to stop where deer may be present.
  • Avoid swerving into oncoming traffic if deer are on the roadway.
  • Drivers can alert other motorist to the presence of deer by tapping their brakes.

Summer Safety

  • Drink plenty of water. Carry it with you throughout your day and drink it even if you are not thirsty.
  • Take plenty of breaks while working outside
  • Dress for the heat by wearing light weight, light colored clothing.
  • Slow down and avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day.
  • Wear sunscreen to protect your skin.

Watch for signs of heat stroke/sunstroke - hot, red skin; rapid, weak pulse; rapid shallow breathing. Call 911 and move the person to a cooler place. Keep the person lying down and quickly cool the body by applying cool, wet clothes or towels and fan the person. Watch for any breathing problems.

Winter Safety

  • If possible, avoid being out during the coldest part of the day.
  • Make sure you dress in layers of loose, dry clothes.
  • Cover your hands, feet, face, and head. A hat is critical as you can lose up to 40 percent of your body heat if it isn’t covered. Children and adolescents lose heat faster than adults.
  • Mittens provide more warmth to your hands than gloves and preferably ones with a silk or polypropylene layer.
  • Wetness and wind are a combination that chills a person more rapidly than dry still air. If you get wet, change your clothes immediately and get dry.
  • Keep moving when you are in the cold and stay hydrated.
  • Carry a cell phone with you in case of emergencies, but remember not all areas have cell service.
  • Wear waterproof, insulated boots to help avoid hypothermia or frostbite in your feet. Avoid light clothes or boots and change socks frequently to keep feet dry.

Two common dangers during winter are hypothermia and frost bite. The symptoms of hypothermia are confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering or also mumbling, fumbling, and stumbling. Watch for early signs of hypothermia, and act promptly to avert it. The warning signs of frostbite are gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, and waxy feeling skin. Seek medical attention immediately if you have these symptoms.

If you happen to be with a person suffering from hypothermia, first aid should be initiated immediately. The first thing to do is to remove the person from the environment causing the hypothermia and then immediately take the person to a warm shelter (if available). Remove any clothing that the person may have on and immediately wrap them in any dry clothes or blankets that may be available. DO NOT use warm to hot water on any part of the person’s body as this may further injure the person because they may be suffering from frostbite and unable to feel any particular part of their body. Don’t place a victim close to a heat source. Adding heat stops shivering (the body’s mechanism to create heat) in the mild hypothermic victim.


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