6 Ways to Get Injured In the Wild
There is no denying that wilderness is exciting but one can get seriously injured or even die if precautionary measures are not taken. In the past, one of the many reasons behind numerous casualties in the wild was ‘lack of preparation.’ It is imperative to comprehend that you cannot walk right into an unfamiliar territory without any preparation. It goes without saying; there are several ways to get injured in the wild.
When you explore the fascinating world of wilderness, there are several things to consider such as survival and safety. You need to know about various ways in which you can get injured and how to prevent any unfortunate event from happening. So, without a further ado, let’s have a look at different ways in which you can get injured in the wild:
1. Of course, Animal Attacks
If you are in the wild then it means that you will come across various wild animals such as lions, wolfs, grizzly bears, snakes etc. Most of them are shy while some can attack you at any given moment. It is best to keep a knife with you so that you can stab the predator if it attacks you. Needless to say, you need to carry a first-aid kit and make sure you follow this survival tip: Do not sleep where you cook; the smell of food can lead wild animals in your camping ground.
2. Getting Injured By Falling or Slipping
When you are in the wild, common accident can occur as a result of falling or slipping. If it is your lucky day, you might escape with few bruises and if it is not then there are chances of some serious injuries such as head injury, broken bones, spinal injury or a busted kneecap. Therefore, it is important to carry some bandages and a first-aid kit. You can always use a walking stick or trekking poles to prevent any falling or slipping.
3. Toxic Plants & Trees
In the wild, it is obvious that you will be submerged in various types of plants and trees. Most of them are harmless but some of them are poisonous e.g. poison sumac, poison ivy, and poison oak. These plants can cause severe itching and allergies. Some people make the mistake of eating herbs and mushrooms and this is a grave mistake that can lead to poisoning. The best approach for you is to identify the poisonous plant, stay away from it and cover your body with proper clothing.
4. Forest Fire
As a result of extreme heat, fire can erupt in the forest (it can occur all of a sudden, so always remain alert). If you do not react quickly, you can get in range of fire and smoke. It is best to move strategically to avoid any contact with the fire. It is imperative for you to not panic and try to reach bodies of water.
Hypothermia is a medical emergency that can occur when the body is losing heat faster than the heat it is producing. As a result of it, the body temperature gets dangerously low. In order to prevent hypothermia in the wild, engage in any exercise so that your body starts producing more heat. You can also start a fire to warm yourself. Make sure that you fully wrap your body with a blanket (s) and try to stay away from cold bodies of water – you do not want to get wet during extreme cold.
Hyperthermia occurs as a result of your prolonged exposure to heat. Basically, your body absorbs more heat and releases less heat. To avoid hyperthermia, make sure that you find a shady area to cool off your body. One of the survival tips to avoid hyperthermia is to wear light and cool clothing.
All in all, there are various ways to get injured in the wild, it is best to be alert and think one step ahead. Remember, your quick reaction to any scenario can save your life. So, make sure that you do not lose conscious under any circumstance. Wild is fun and full of exciting stuff, just be careful and responsible.
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