Hiking Safety

The beauty of the State of Idaho is captivated in the summertime. With the sun out extra long, us Idahoans take every opportunity to get outside. This includes exploring the great outdoors. You can expect a lot of hiking. However, lets paint the picture of precautions we should all make before letting our feet hit the trails.

If you are lost…

STOP. THINK. OBSERVE. PLAN.

  • Take a moment to think and relax so you don’t become overwhelmed with the situation. Eat a snack, or drink some water that you have packed, and prepare with more sunscreen or a flashlight in hand if it is dark.
  • Look at your map, and try to remember landmarks you have passed. Do your best to mentally retrace your footsteps. Don’t worry about being in a hurry.
  • Look around to make sure you and others in your group are not injured in any way. Take care of things one-step at a time, important to least important.
  • Put together your plan and then put it into action.

Dehydration: If you are thirsty, dehydration has already started to set in! You should be drinking plenty of water and other fluids. If you or anyone in your group begin to feel thirst, headaches, dizziness, nausea, cramps, or extreme fatigue, you need to find shade! In the shade, sip small amounts of water and allow rest to help the dehydrated body before moving forward. In extreme cases, you or your group should discontinue the hike and seek medical attention.

Heat exhaustion: The beginning of exhaustion can be similar to dehydration. Pale and clammy skin, heavy sweating, nausea, tired or dizziness, headaches, and muscle cramps. Remain in the shade with plenty of water. Try putting a cold, wet piece of fabric on the forehead of the exhausted person. In extreme cases, heat stroke can arise when the body reaches over 105 degrees Fahrenheit. This can cause increased heart rate, hot red skin, and confusion. You should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Elevation change: With higher elevation comes less oxygen and added physical exertion. This can accelerate dehydration and heat exhaustion. Take plenty of breaks, drink plenty of water, and maintain a good speed for YOU!

Lack of Phone Reception: In many areas to explore there is a beautiful, yet scary thing that happens… lack of cell phone reception! Yes, you’ll have to post on Facebook or Instagram after your hike. Plan ahead. Don’t count on your phone if there is an emergency. Instead let others know your location and an estimated finishing time before your set out on the trails.

Have a safe and well-hydrated summer! Stay on those trails!

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National Safety Month

From the trips to the lake or river, to the camping. From what feels like endless sunny days, to life by the pool. For all of us from southeastern Idaho, we take full advantage of these opportunities since they are gone when the cool breeze sets in, in October. Yes, I am describing summer! It’s a great time of year, but can also have its downfalls if we don’t prepare for them early on. I will share with you the most important facts you need to know to keep your family safe this summer.

Beat the Heat:

  • Never leave a child or pet in a parked car, even if the windows are down
  • Dress lighter when the weather is warm
  • Remain hydrated, and take time in the shade when you’re outdoors
  • LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!

Water Safety:

  • Always keep your kids supervised when around any body of water
  • Teach your children to swim (formal swim lessons) or make sure they have a certified life vest
  • Know CPR if needed in an emergency

Outdoor Safety:

  • Always protect your self with sunscreen
  • Apply bug/mosquito repellent if you are outside in the late afternoon/evening hours
  • Check yourself and your children for ticks if you have spent time in tall grass and trees
  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bike

Travel/Tourist Safety:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings
  • Don’t make it obvious that you are a tourist – always have a plan, and extra cash
  • Double check that your home is locked and secure when you leave for a long period of time
  • Please leave the animal life alone, they have feelings too!

I’m convinced that summer is the time of year that is the most fun, but I am also convinced it can be the most dangerous. Do all you can to make 2016 the best and safest summer ever!

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Choose to Donate

According to mommypoppins.com, the average jack-o-lantern bucket gets filled with close to 7,000 calories after a night of trick-or-treating. That’s over three days worth of the total recommended calorie intake for an average adult.

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With the candy overload seeping into the month of November, a lot of parents are looking for alternatives for their children’s candy, rather than their bellies.

 

Here are some ideas:

Rexburg Family Crisis Center– Located at 16 E Main Street will accept donations during their regular business hours, Monday-bnThursday 8a.m.–4:30p.m. and Friday 8a.m.–2p.m.

familycrisiscenter.info

 

Operation Shoebox- This group reaches out to military personnel, at home and away on duty, by sending them shoeboxes full of donated items. They accept donations through the mail at:

Operation Shoebox

8360 East Highway 25

Belleview, FL 34420

operationshoebox.com

 

Any Solider- This group also sends out donated items to troops all over the world. They accept mailed in donations at:

Any Soldier Inc.

P.O. Box 715

Waldorf, MD 20604

www.anysoldier.com

With Veterans Day a little over a week away, these are great ways to show your support while bettering the health of your family.

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Brake for Breakfast at Teton Radiology

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and here at Madison Memorial we’re celebrating with our event Brake for Breakfast on Wednesday, October 7th. Starting at 7 am at Teton Radiology in Rexburg, we will be handing out 1,500 breakfasts along with make-up kits and other goodies. This event is held to remind women to get their annual mammograms and remind everyone about the importance of maintaining breast health. As the saying goes, early detection is the best protection.Even though the event starts early in the morning, it’s never too early to show your support for breast cancer awareness! Visit www.facebook.com/events/1481658712129630/ for maps, more details, and to invite your friends to come too.

 

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