We’ve put together some useful information which we hope might help anyone who is planning to go outdoors stay safe.
Going Outdoors Safely
There are many parts of the West Midlands where it is possible to be isolated and in danger from changing weather, injury or getting lost. A few sensible precautions can help when it starts to go wrong:
- Tell someone where you’re going, and when you expect to be home.
- Take a mobile phone, and keep it protected and warm.
- If you have an emergency, dial 999 and ask for either Police (lost or stuck somewhere), Ambulance (injured) or Fire (stuck in water).
- Consider registering to be able to send SMS to 999. Sometimes this is possible even when there’s no signal to make a telephone call.
- If you are on in a mountainous area, you can call the Police and then ask for Mountain Rescue. Do not call for MR if you are in a non-mountainous area as it will delay any response. You cannot call a Lowland Rescue team directly – you need to call the Police.
- Always carry a torch, whistle and warm/waterproof layers. Even if you go out during the day, an injury could leave you exposed until after dark.
- A whistle is a great way of attracting attention. 5 short blasts.
- If you’re in a group, stay together.
- Invest in a GPS so you can get an exact position if you are injured.
- Phone GPS is great, but can fail. Always take a paper map as well.
- Get trained. You can take courses in Navigation, First Aid, Survival Skills and many more useful things.