Outdoor Safety

  • Don’t Fry Day

    Know the importance of skin cancer prevention and sun-safety behaviors.

    Today is Don’t Fry Day.

    Don't forget the Sunblock or Sunscreen! Don't forget the Sunblock or Sunscreen!

    The Friday before Memorial Day is Don’t Fry Day: Protect your skin today and every day.

    Millions of Americans will enjoy the great outdoors this weekend. Skin cancer, caused by too much sun, is the most common of all cancers in the United States. More people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer combined.

    The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention reminds you to enjoy the outdoors safely. We have named the Friday before Memorial Day Don’t Fry Day. In the same way we teach kids to wear bike helmets, we can also teach them to wear wide-brimmed hats.

    What You Can Do to Be Safe in the Sun:

    1. Do Not Burn
      Overexposure to the sun is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer.
    2. Avoid Sun Tanning and Tanning Beds
      Ultraviolet (UV) light from tanning beds and the sun causes skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look like you’ve been in the sun, use a sunless self-tanning product instead.
    3. Cover Up
      Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses, where possible.
    4. Seek Shade/Use Umbrellas
      Seek shade when appropriate. Remember that the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    5. Generously Apply Sunscreen
      Generously apply sunscreen to all exposed skin using a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 that provides broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Reapply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
    6. Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow and Sand
      Water, snow and sand reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.
    7. Check the UV Index
      The UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent overexposure to the sun. Developed by the National Weather Service (NWS) and EPA, you can find the UV Index for your area online at: http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html.

    Get Vitamin D Safely
    Get vitamin D safely through a diet that includes vitamin supplements and foods fortified with vitamin D. Don’t seek the sun or indoor tanning.

    Download the informational poster. DFD

  • Tomorrow is Don't Fry Day

    While you should be slathering it on everyday, and any day you will be outside, be sure to make an extra effort at applying your sunscreen tomorrow for Don't Fry Day!

    To help reduce rising rates of skin cancer from overexposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day” to encourage sun safety awareness and to remind everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors. Because no single step can fully protect you and your family from overexposure to UV radiation, follow as many of the following tips as possible:

    • Do Not Burn or Tan
    • Seek Shade
    • Wear Sun-Protective Clothing
    • Generously Apply Sunscreen
    • Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow, and Sand
    • Get Vitamin D Safely
    Don't forget the Sunblock or Sunscreen! Don't forget the Sunblock or Sunscreen!

    As warm weather approaches and millions of Americans prepare to enjoy the great outdoors, the risk for ultraviolet (UV) damage of the skin increases. Skin cancer is on the rise in the United States, and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer. This year alone, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 73,870 new cases of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, and more than two million new cases of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers in the U.S.

    Fortunately, skin cancer is highly curable if found early and can be prevented. Remember to Slip! Slop! Slap!...and Wrap when you’re outdoors — slip on a shirt, slop on broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, slap on a wide-brimmed hat, and wrap on sunglasses. The best way to detect skin cancer early is to examine your skin regularly and recognize changes in moles and skin growths.DFD_Poster

    Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to UV radiation. Individuals with lighter-toned skin are more susceptible to UV damage, although people of all races and ethnicities can be at risk for skin cancer. Those who have a family history of skin cancer, plenty of moles or freckles, or a history of severe sunburns early in life are at a higher risk of skin cancer as well. To minimize the harmful effects of excessive and unprotected sun exposure, protection from intense UV radiation should be a life-long practice for everyone.
    The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention is a united voice to reduce skin cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality, through awareness, prevention, early detection, research, and advocacy.

  • Ready for Adventure?

    Heading out for a Hike? A climb? Camping? Hiking? Know what professional Outdoor Adventurers like Emily Harrington know...  Prepare with the best quality products for wilderness survival.

    See the Adventure Medical Ultralight / Watertight First Aid Kits, Survive Outdoors Longer (SOL) Survival Tools, and Natrapel Insect Repellent with Picardin she chooses!

    See all Adventure Medical Kits, QuikClot & SOL
  • Identify Your Tsunami Evacuation Route

    Are you Tsunami Safe? Even Midwesterners visit coastal areas. Know what to do - how to prepare, and know the routes you need to take to safety.

    TsunamiIf you live, work or play along the coast, identify your tsunami evacuation route.

    Even though tsunamis are rare, it is still important to prepare for one if you live, work or play on the coast. Many of the things you need to do to prepare for a tsunami are the same as those you need to do to prepare for the other hazards that may impact your community. But some actions are unique to tsunamis since response time may be limited. It is not hard, and it is not expensive. Here are some things you can do now to help protect yourself and your loved ones in case a tsunami ever strikes your community.

  • Spring Snakes

    Spring is here... we're heading outside. Watch out for snakes!

    Snakes exist in almost every part of the world.  Of the approximately 8000 snake bites

    Do you have a Snake Bite Kit? You should. Do you have a Snake Bite Kit? You should.

    each year, however, fewer than 12 result in fatality.  This is due in part to the fact that about two thirds of all poisonous snake bites involve little or no venom; these are called “dry bites.”  Baby snakes are more dangerous in this regard as they have not yet learned to save their venom for prey.  If venom is injected, symptoms will begin rapidly and include pain, swelling, weakness, dizziness, fever, or chills.


    The best protection is to wear high boots and think jeans when hiking in areas prone to snakes. Remember, while the snakes are not means and out to get you -- they are shy creatures that will protect themselves if you startle them.

    In the event of snakebite, immediately remove all constricting clothing and jewelry from the extremity.  Wash the bite area with soap and warm water.  Keep wound site at or below heart level, and seek immediate medical attention.  Sometimes a constricting band may be used on snakebite, but it must not significantly affect circulation and it should be loose enough for you to slip your fingers underneath.

    Do Not apply ice to snakebites, as it may crystallize the venom and compound the reaction.


  • Sailboat Safety: What to Know if you aren't an Expert

    Spring is upon us, and we all want to get our an PLAY!

    Renting a sailboat and taking it out to sea can be a great way to spend your day... sailing can't be that hard, right? Hm.

    Be warned, it can also be dangerous if you don't follow a few simple rules.

    You don't want your amazing experience to turn into a nightmare, so we're going to look at a few different personal safety tips you need to take into account so you make it back to shore.

    Also read:

    Check For Safety Equipment

    If you were on your own sailboat you would know it had all the essential safety equipment on board, but when you charter a boat you don't have any idea what you'll find. Don't set off until you've had a thorough look around to make sure you have all the safety equipment you might need in the event of an emergency. When you rent your boat from a respectable charter agency it's likely they will have everything you'll need, but everyone is prone to making mistakes and something might be missing.

    Think Safety At All Times

    Once the bad weather strikes you'll automatically go into safety mode and your mind will be completely switched on. When the sea is relatively calm and you're having a lot of fun you won't be thinking about safety. This is actually dangerous considering most sailing accidents happen when the sea is calm.perhaps you didn't know this because it seems so strange, but it just goes to show you that safety should always be at the forefront of your mind whenever you're out at sea.

    You Need To Stay Warm

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    Sometimes it's going to get cold when you're out on the water and you'll need to wrap up tight. Even when you're only a little cold you can't underestimate the importance of keeping warm. If something bad were to happen you might only have seconds or minutes to react, so you'd be in deep trouble if you were starting to suffer from hypothermia. It will affect your judgement and you won't have the same physical capabilities, so the chances of you reacting to something correctly will be much lower.

    Know When To Give Up

    OK - so you've spent a lot of money chartering a sailboat, but you have to ask yourself how much your life is worth. If you have your family on board you have to think about them too. If the conditions get too rough and you feel like there is a chance something might be wrong it's better to turn around and head home. It might end up ruining your experience, but at least you'll live to tell your tale. Someone who take too many chances with their life might not be here any more to tell their tale.

    MaritimeMake Sure Your Guests Are Safe

    If you're taking any guests out on the sailboat you'll need to make sure they're safe at all times. If they've not been out on the water before they won't know what to do in an emergency, so you'll need to teach them a few essential tips before you set off as well as keeping your eye on them at all times. If they get into trouble it won't only be their life that is in danger because you'll need to help them which will put your life at risk too.

    It's Not All Doom And Gloom

    Let's be honest, when you're out on the sailboat you're going to have a blast.

    If you're lucky the conditions will be ideal and you will be enjoying yourself so much you won't want to head back to shore. All good things must come to an end, but enjoy your freedom out at sea while it lasts.

    Just because you're clued in about safety doesn't mean it's going to affect the fun you'll have, but there is nothing wrong with being prepared. The agency you chartered your sailboat from will appreciate you knowing this information too and they'll be glad when you bring it back to them in one piece.

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