Thursday, November 19, 2020

Safety Planning For Your Outdoor Adventures

Are you adventuring safely?

As you head to the great outdoors, safety comes first.

More people are turning to outdoor activities during the pandemic, but not everyone is prepared for potential emergency situations. Even a morning hike can quickly turn to disaster in a split second thanks to a turned ankle or a missed trail marker. Depending on your starting point, the comfortable morning temperature can turn into searing heat or wintery blast.

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How can you be safe in the great outdoors? SPOT – a leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, has pulled together top safety tips for anyone planning to venture into the outdoors. It also has data on the states that have had the most emergency rescues conducted and top activities leading to rescues – heads up, California!

Safety Tips for Outdoor Adventures

  1. Plan your route of travel
  2. Determine how long your trip will take
  3. Share your travel plans with family or friends
  4. Prepare a regional / seasonal specific survival kit
  5. Carry navigation equipment, such as a map, compass, and GPS – and know how to use them
  6. Have enough clothing to keep you warm and dry throughout the night if necessary
  7. Have a means to start a fire for warmth or to signal for a rescue
  8. Pack a sharp knife, flashlight, first aid kit, rope, saw blade and signal mirror
  9. Carry at least two liters of water, if no source of clean water will be available
  10. Communication is essential. Carry a satellite device, such as SPOT Gen4 GPS Satellite Messenger that can be set to track your progress and send OK and S.O.S. messages

SPOT Rescues in the USTop U.S. States with Rescue Incidents

  1. California
  2. Colorado
  3. Utah
  4. Washington
  5. Idaho
  6. Alaska
  7. Wyoming

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Most Common Incidents Resulting in Rescues

  • Hiking and mountain sports
  • Boating and water sports
  • Motor vehicle incidents (snow mobile, motorcycle, car, ATV, etc.)

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