Tips for Staying Safe This Summer
Summer is here and school is out. This means more people will be frequenting pools, lakes, parks, and enjoying the overall splendor of the great Colorado outdoors. With these ideal summer activities comes a higher risk for personal injury. In the event you do find yourself seeking adventures in nature, keep in mind that the risk of personal injury comes with it.
Stay safe out there this summer with the following safety tips:
- Always check the weather in advance. They say if you don’t like the weather in Colorado just wait five minutes and it’ll change. The high elevation and weather patterns in Colorado make for variations and fluctuations, even if a particular season is well underway. Better safe than sorry.
- Always tell someone where you are going and always have a travel companion. Hiking, camping, rock climbing, backpacking, kayaking, mountain biking—what have you—are always safer when someone is with you. It’s not worth the risk.
- Stay hydrated. Summertime means higher temperatures and higher risk of heat exhaustion, dehydration, and aggravation of pre-existing conditions.
- Avoid being caught outdoors during a thunderstorm. This is especially pertinent if you are at a high elevation, on or near bodies of water, or in open terrain. Being struck by lightning is a very real risk in Colorado. The Rocky Mountains are notorious for afternoon thunderstorms during the summer months—and Colorado ranks third in the United States for the highest number of deaths due to lightning. This year, one person has already died from lightning—and that person was horseback riding in Colorado.
- If you are hiking to a camping site, plan ahead so you can reach your destination before dark. Fading daylight makes it difficult to accurately survey the terrain and assess the suitability and safety of the camping site. Anyone who has ever arrived late to their camping site knows that getting a fire going, setting up a tent, and just about every other camping activity involving assembly all become considerably more difficult when visibility is reduced.
- It may seem obvious, but don’t drink alcohol while you are trekking. Imbibing impairs your judgment and dulls rational decision-making, all crucial when you are navigating trails and avoiding hazards, all while keeping your body in a state of equilibrium. Alcohol numbs pain, blurs vision, slows your reaction time, and curbs fatigue, making it difficult for you to gauge and adjust to your body’s stress threshold. Save the booze for when you are sitting safely around the campfire at your secured campsite.
In short, practice overall good common sense and recreate responsibly this season. Don’t let your 2017 summer be ruined by an accident or personal injury that could have easily been prevented.
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