Safety Precautions That Could Save Your Life When Venturing Into the Great Outdoors

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2013 Updated Aug 6, 2013 at 5:17 PM CDT


The disappearance of 82 year old Paul Brandt while picking berries– comes just days after 79 year old Janet Schanno was lost doing the same activity.

In response, outdoor experts were consulted to get advice on precautions people can take to help them stay safe in the great outdoors.

The summer is almost at its end and people are enjoying what's left of the sun.

However, when navigating through nature there are certain guidelines that everyone should follow.

"The biggest thing is to let people know you're going, and where you're going and when you expect to be back," says horticulturalist and educator with St. Louis County.

Leaving early in the day can also help to avoid an unfortunate situation.

"Then if I do get turned around I have all day and plenty of daylight to orient myself and find my way out," Olen advises.

When going into the great outdoors always plan ahead. Having the right supplies may just save your life.

"A map and compass of course, a whistle, extra clothing, extra food, water," says Sandy Skien of the Superior National Forest.

But even when being cautious things don't always go according to plan.

If you find yourself lost or hurt in the wilderness there are certain tips that can help.

"Just stay where you are. And try to use any signaling device, so if you have a reflective mirror , or a whistle or something like that, you can try to make noise, if you have fire starting equipment, you want to make sure you can find shelter and be safe for what ever length of time you may be there," says Skrien.

And Lastly...

"Just never panic and eventually you will work your way out of the situation," adds Olen.

Outdoor experts also advise dressing in layers to adapt to varying weather.

Posted to the web by Gabrielle Ware