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Camping & Survival

30 Days of Preparing for Severe Winter Weather Day 26: Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

I don’t want to sound like an alarmist, but carbon monoxide really is a silent killer. You can’t smell it, taste it or see it. In fact, you might not even believe you feel it. You may disregard symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, weakness, chest pain and nausea as a cold or flu. However, carbon monoxide poisoning is extremely dangerous—even mild cases can cause permanent brain damage. Carbon monoxide poisoning happens all year round, however, cases increases in winter—particularly in December and January. One of the best ways to prevent CO poisoning is to buy a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector. It works just like your smoke alarm and will sound a loud alarm when dangerous levels of carbon monoxide are present. There are other ways to prevent CO poisoning, as well:

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Camping & Survival

30 Days of Preparing for Severe Winter Weather Day 11: Why You Should Stay Hydrated

Did you know that drinking water is just as important in winter as it is in the summer? In fact, dehydration can come along quicker in winter than summer. Further, we are less likely to reach for a cool, glass of water to regulate our temperature in the winter. Not to mention that dehydration can actually speed up hypothermia. Drinking plenty of water also helps us fight colds and other respiratory illness as well as prevent dry, chapped skin. You need to store at least three days of water for you and your family in preparation for winter storms.

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Camping & Survival

30 Days of Preparing for Severe Winter Weather Day 10: How to Prevent and Treat Hypothermia

Though a person’s temperature may vary from 97 to 100 degrees—a healthy range—it takes just a few degrees cooler for our bodies to become dangerously too cold to function. When body temperatures fall just 3 degrees under 98.6 to 95 degrees, it is at a risk for hypothermia. Roughly 600 Americans die each year from hypothermia. Fortunately, hypothermia is easily preventable when you follow these tips.

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Camping & Survival

Wounded, Alone, but not Helpless

Whether you’re alone in a remote location, pumping gas past the hours of normal street traffic or dropping the kids off at school, everyone runs the risk of being a first responder. It may be your best friend, a loved one at a gas station…or it could be you. The whys and hows, the lessons learned and armchair quarterbacking can all be handled later, because when you are the primary first responder, life—possibly your own—is on the line. Are you prepared?

Deer tick and Dog Tick side by side

Camping & Survival

Tackling Tick Prevention

The best way to reduce the risk of contracting tick-borne diseases is to avoid tick-infested habitat in the first place. An idea that is great in concept but impossible in reality. Particularly, this is not an option for big- and small-game hunters, hikers and morel mushroom hunters, listed below are a few simple precautions that can reduce the chances of a tick encounter.

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Safety and Training

Summer Shooting

As temperatures heat up, we usually find ourselves more active and getting out more. We start spending more time outside enjoying the sun and hopefully go to the gun range more frequently. If you shoot at an outdoor range, you will want to pack a few extra items in your range bag to prevent sun damage, dehydration and itchy bug bites. To prevent painful sunburn and the long-term effects of the sun’s damaging rays, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least 15 SPF. Take a few bottles of water with you and take breaks to drink some before you feel thirsty.