Stay Safe Outdoors
Being in the outdoors is always so much fun. However, it’s important to stay safe when you’re out in nature. Whether your hiking, camping, biking or paddling, know your limits and be prepared.
- Stay on the designated trails
- Don’t approach any wild animals
- Be aware of the weather and seek proper shelter when needed
- Keep your motorized vehicles off the trails
- Keep you pets under control and on a leash that’s no longer than six feet
- Do your research on the area you will be hiking. Temperature or elevation changes can take time to adjust to.
- Have a plan ready for your hike as well as an emergency plan to leave with someone you trust who will not be going.
- Have a way to communicate
- Take breaks to have a snack and drink water
- Hike with a friend
- Keep all gas, propane or fuel containers upright and in a well-ventilated spot
- Campfire: Don’t make it too big. Learn how to start a fire by friction here and how to start one with matches or a lighter here. Surround your fire with rocks/fire ring to contain it. Keep it away from your tent, trees and any other flammable items. Keep a bucket of sand or water to extinguish fire. NEVER leave your fire unattended.
- Get rid of all of your trash correctly. Keep it out of reach of animals.
- Bring your own water or have a way to treat water.
- Keep an eye on weather conditions
- Keep a first aid kit on hand
- Double check that your bike is in good condition
- Stay on the bike trails
- Always yield to pedestrians and horses on the trail
- Always wear a helmet
- Bike with a friend for safety. When biking, ride single-file on the trail.
- Make sure your canoe or kayak is in good condition before taking it out
- Double check that your life jacket is free of any rips or tears. Kids that are eight and under must always wear one.
- Know your states boat laws. Check Alabama’s boat laws here.
- Be considerate of others on the water
- Stay aware of the weather conditions and seek appropriate shelter.
- Depending on your skill level, pick bodies of water more suitable for you. A beginner should aim for small, calm, flat bodies of water.
- Paddle in areas where you may encounter others in case you’re ever in need of help.
- Bring extra items for safety such as a whistle, communication device, extra paddle, towline, paddle float and a headlamp.
- Dress appropriately: If you’re paddling in a place where the water is cold, wear a wetsuit. In warmer areas, wear quick-drying UPF fabrics. Checkout our blog on moisture-wicking clothing.
If you need an idea on places around Mobile and in the state to camp, hike, bike or paddle, check out our other blog here to get you started on your next adventure!
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