Many boys and girls in Utah participate in scouting programs, and for good reason. These programs can teach valuable life skills and allow for unique opportunities in the outdoors. Hiking and camping are often some of the best scouting activities, but they can also be dangerous. Scouting injuries happen far too often. At Christensen & Hymas, we strive to do our part to reduce these types of accidents. This post identifies some ways that Scouts and leaders can help prevent these types of accidents.
Preventing Scouting Injuries
Weather, fire, animals, plants, and bodies of water are just some of the most common campout dangers. These can all contribute to serious injuries. The following tips can help keep you safe:
What to Pack
Packing is an essential part of camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Bringing the following things with you is good preparation.
- Clothes for different kinds of weather
- Plenty of water
- Aloe Vera
- Allergy medicine
- Insect repellent
- Weather-resistant matches
- Ice or gel packs
- First aid kit and other necessary medical supplies
It is also important to plan according to your unique situation. Longer campouts mean more supplies. Bring plenty of tools and medications to fit your specific needs.
Providing First Aid
Knowledge of first aid is essential in treating scouting injuries. If a fellow scout suffers a sprain or fracture, ice and elevate the area. Stabilize the injury with a splint or medical tape. Then, seek medical help immediately if the injury is serious.
In the case of an open wound or cut, clean out the injury. You can do this with water or hydrogen peroxide. Next, use antibiotic ointment and a bandage to cover and protect the injury site.
After contact with poison ivy or poison oak, clean the affected area with soap and water. Clean the clothes you were wearing that day. And of course, resist the urge to scratch!
In the case of any serious scouting injuries, the best possible thing to do is seek emergency medical help.
Your Utah Injury Lawyers
Even when scouts are packed and prepared, injuries and accidents still happen. However, if you are injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation in an accident case. The attorneys at Christensen & Hymas can help you get what you deserve to cover your medical bills and other losses.
Contact Christensen & Hymas today for a free initial consultation, and we will do all we can to get you what you deserve. We will help you understand your case and how you can benefit from a fair settlement.