Posts Tagged ‘safety’

Choosing the Right Axe

When it comes to the outdoors, the tool most often associated with camping has got to be the axe. Axes were the first tools invented for chopping trees and building shelters-but the usefulness doesn’t stop there, axes can also be used for splitting wood, hammering in tent pegs, and according to legend even shaving.

There are as many different styles of axes as there are regions in the world. The axe has evolved over the centuries into what we commonly see today. There are three different sizes of axes. The hatchet, the long handled axe, and the splitting maul. Each axe has its own place in the outdoors and if properly cared for by keeping the splitting edge sharp and the axe dry, will last a lifetime.

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Hatchets are used for splitting small logs or kindling of about 2” in diameter.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

How to Build an Emergency Shelter

Shelter is one of the basic elements of survival. Along with food or water, a good shelter is necessary to survive. Shelters have been constructed from nearly every material on the planet at one point or another in history. Some are huge castles made from stone, others are lightweight tents made from fabric or animal skins. All have three purposes, to keep the occupants safe, warm and dry. A good shelter can be constructed quickly from almost anything and almost anywhere.

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Even a rough shelter of leaves and branches can help in an emergency outdoors

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

First Aid Basics

Getting injured in the outdoors when you are miles from a hospital is a serious topic. No one likes to think about getting hurt and many people avoid putting together a proper first-aid kit or taking the time to complete a training course in first-aid because of this. The possible medical conditions that can affect someone are numerous. Anything from a heart attack to splinters are all possible and must be prepared for whether you are on a hike in the woods, at work, an extended camping trip or in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

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Having a good first aid kit is the best step to good outdoor survival

This is a daunting task to say the least when you think about how much equipment a modern hospital has in its inventory, but there are some items you can purchase that will help. With the high cost of medical supplies and the likelihood of what you will actually need, shop carefully and try to purchase items that can be used in as many different situations as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Establish Location when Lost

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How to find your location when you’re lost

Nobody likes to get lost, so when this happens what do you do? Much of how you determine your location depends on where you are lost. Perhaps you are in a strange city, on a highway in a snow storm, or out in the middle of the woods. Each situation has it’s own unique challenges to establishing your location. Staying alive and arriving at your destination in one piece are all part of the Outdoor Survival Basics series.

No matter where you are lost, the first thing to do is remain calm, stop moving or pull over, and begin to figure out where you are. This can be accomplished in many different ways. If you are in a city find someone friendly and ask where you are, and how you can get to your intended destination. Don’t be shy, we have all had to do this at one point in our lives. Just try to do it before the squabbling with your travel partner begins.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Establish Communication when Lost

Communication is all too easy in this day and age. Telephones, cell phones, email all allow people to instantly communicate with one another almost anywhere in the world. What would happen if you were lost some where either in a strange city or in the woods? How would you call for help?

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Establishing communication is part of the Outdoor Survival Basics and is essential to getting help, whether it be directions to the hotel, from a tow truck, or park rangers to get you off a mountain in one piece.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

When You’re Lost in the Woods

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Learning to use a compass and keeping track of unique landmarks such as weather equipment on a hilltop will help you identify your location if you get lost in the woods.

There are few things scarier than getting lost in the woods. Getting lost can happen to anyone at anytime even in places that are on familiar ground. Every year police and rescue agencies perform thousands of searches for missing people in the woods across North America. Most people are found safe and sound, but for others the outcome is not as happy. Getting found once you are lost in the woods is easier than it may seem at the time and there are several things you can do to help yourself be found.

Firstly, before venturing into the woods for a hike, hunt, or to play, make sure you tell someone trustworthy where you are going and what time you will be back. By letting a family member, trusted friend or neighbour aware of your plans you greatly increase the chance of being found before you even leave.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Rescue Signals

Getting lost is easy to do. So easy in fact anyone can do it. What is difficult is getting found again, in particular when you are lost in the woods or on the water. There are several simple and common signals that along with some survival basics will alert rescuers to your location and get you home in one piece.

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Know how to signal for help whenever you are lost outdoors

All rescue signals need to have one thing in common; they must be effective at attracting attention to yourself and your location. Every situation is different so it is important to think about what you would do to attract attention in a variety of conditions.

If you are lost in the woods, try to seek shelter near a large meadow or clearing where a helicopter or search plane can easily see you. Locating someone who is lost under heavy tree cover is one of the hardest situations to find someone.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Dealing with Leeches

Leeches can be found almost everywhere on Earth and all have one thing in common-they eat blood. Leeches are most common on mucky lake or pond bottoms waiting for an unsuspecting swimmer to latch onto. Leeches can also be found in tropical forests where they live in tree leaves. In these locations, simply stopping to catch your breath for a few minutes is all it takes to make them start dropping down on to you. There are however some significant differences between jungle and freshwater leeches.

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Leeches can be very large. This leech lives in tree leaves and will fall on people who stop moving for more than a few minutes in tropical jungles.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson