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Beach Safety Tips: Stay Safe

COLUMBUS, OH- With the arrival of Memorial Day and more sunny seasonal weather, many people turn to a day of refreshing swimming fun at an Ohio State Park beach. Making the day safe is just as important as enjoying the visit, which is the focus of SwimSafe!, the state park beach safety program.

SwimSafe! is a program which focuses on the importance of parental supervision for children, as well as preparation, awareness and personal responsibility for swimmers of all ages. The OhioDepartment of Natural Resources (ODNR) implemented this safety campaign in 2000.

To fully enjoy a safe outing at a park beach, follow these SwimSafe! tips:

● Keep a sharp eye on young children while they are in the water;

● Lakes are not swimming pools, the water is murky and people may not notice where it becomes deeper, so exercise caution;

● Bring a cellphone to make an emergency call if necessary. Check that cellphone service is available at that location before swimming;

● Swim only in designated areas of the beach and the lake;

● Use the buddy system and designate one member of the party to remain on the beach to keep watch on the others while they are swimming;

● Enjoy the fun that water offers, but take regular breaks and relax on the beach;

● Alcohol and swimming do not mix. Leave alcoholic beverages at home when coming to the beach; and

● It cannot be emphasized enough: watch children at all times!

“Safety is vital for family outings in our parks,” said Glen Cobb, chief of Ohio State Parks. “Keeping children safe around water is a top priority, and all parents and adult guardians should know where their children are during an outing to a state park beach.”

Ohio State Parks offer 78 beaches on 47 inland lakes in addition to nine beaches on Lake Erie. There are also 20 swimming pools in the state park system. Last year, more than 4.1 million people visited state park beaches and pools across Ohio.

Ohio State Parks are operated by ODNR’s Division of Parks and Recreation. ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at: www.dnr.state.oh.us.

Jamie

Pymatuning Park Kayaking

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Real Quick Father's Day Gifts From ThinkGeek:

So ThinkGeek isn’t a real outdoorsy type place. But it does have a few cool gifts for Dad:

  1. Hot Hot Hot Pepper Flakes:

    Ghost Pepper Chili Flakes Ghost Pepper Chili Flakes

    You know that punk that always sprinkles hot pepper on his pizza? The one that always thinks he’s awesome because they are “hot” peppers? Well, time to shut his stupid mouth forever. Because you don’t use boring old, store-bought hot peppers. You carry your own tin, full of flakes of the Bhut Jolokia pepper, one of the hottest peppers on the planet. You have one of these tins of Ghost Pepper Chili Flakes, and a stomach of iron. Ghost Pepper Chili Flakes really are hot; we’re not foolin’. Pepper heat is measured in SHU (Scoville Heat Units), which measures the amount of capsaicin in said pepper, and Ghost Peppers (aka: Bhut Jolokia – aka: stomach ache) have clock in at over 1,000,000 SHU. That’s not just hot, that’s insane hot. And now you can add these flakes to any recipe, meal, or dessert you want. So, get a few tins of Ghost Pepper Chili Flakes and add some insanity to your food! Please Note: These really are hellishly hot. Be careful with your consumption. Ghost Pepper Chili Flakes Flakes of the Bhut Jolokia – one of the world’s hottest peppers. Sometimes known as the ghost pepper, because it’s so hot you’ll wish you were dead. Comes in a handy travel tin. For oral use only. Scoville Heat Rating: 1,001,304 SHU. Net Wt.: 10g of freshly crushed, dried chillies. Tin Dimensions: 2.5″ x 2″ x 0.5″






  2. Multi tool with Firestarter

    Tool Logic Survival Card with Firestarter Tool Logic Survival Card with Firestarter

    A brand new shiny credit card: good. A brand new shiny credit card with an extremely high credit limit: better. A credit card survival tool that can start a fire: priceless (especially in emergency situations). If you’re venturing into the wilderness or just your own backyard, it’s nice to be well prepared. Being able to quickly and reliably start a fire is an important survival requirement. This new Tool Logic Survival Card is packed with lifesaving features. A fixed blade serrated knife of tough AUS 8A type stainless steel, a magnesium alloy fire starter, a loud signal whistle, plus a brilliant red LED flashlight. There’s also a tweezer and toothpick and a hole for lanyard attachment. Credit card size and less than two ounces, this essential tool kit deserves a place in your car, backpack and even your home. Keep the Survival Card with you and you’ll always be prepared for life’s unforeseen emergencies.






  3. Tactical Attache

    Timmy's Tactical Attaché Timmy’s Tactical Attaché

    It’s not well known, but before the 90’s made Timmy into a dotcom superstar icon for ThinkGeek, he worked for the Los Angeles Police Department, SWAT division. He doesn’t like to brag, so he kinda keeps it hush-hush. Ok, truth is he was IT for the SWAT department, but don’t tell him I told you. One of the percs of the job, though, was to wear that armored black uniform, and carry around the ballistic nylon bag like a certified badass. He misses the automatically dismissed traffic tickets, blowing through stop signs with his lights on… Timmy looks back on those heady days and just grins. Sniff. Good days. He’s not allowed to wear the uniform any more, but Timmy did find a source for actual police-issue satchels, made from ballistic nylon and covered in little pockets – originally designed to carry guns, ammunition, tear-gas grenades and other weaponry, now repurposed to hold your netbook, manuals, cables and drives. Sling this bad boy over your shoulder and you’ll look like you just got off of a hostage negotiation, or popped a suspect with your Remington .308, or tactically rewrote routing tables to shunt a denial-of-service attack to /dev/null. This bag has one big chamber capable of holding a small notebook computer, or netbook, as well as a pile of gadgets, cables, tools, phone, or even a stuffed monkey should the need arise. There are velcro strips along the back to attach additional tactical pouches, or even your name or unit patch. Because it is ballistic nylon, it’s extremely durable. In the field, this bag may very well outlast you.






  4. Survival Kit Water Bottle

  5. Ultimate Survival Kit in a Water Bottle Ultimate Survival Kit in a Water Bottle

    According to the folks who build those awesome rovers that drive around on Mars, water is a pretty essential element for the existence of life. Liquid water is an especially important form necessary to support life, and fortunately for us, we have plenty of that here on Earth. Most other places in our solar system the water is all locked up as ice. The Ultimate Survival Kit in a Water Bottle doesn’t contain any liquid water (but of course you can easily add your own) but that doesn’t mean it cannot help support life. What is does contain could help with your survival while you roam around the surface of our planet in search of outdoor adventures. Comes packaged as a 32 oz (1 liter) water bottle containing the following supplies.






  6. Disaster Science Book

  7. The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science

    If it’s anything that gets geeks excited about science, it’s catastrophes. Definitely explains why we love the Mythbusters so much. We’ve learned more math and science from Adam and Jamie than we ever did in school. Even humanities geeks go crazy for Mythbusters. This book is for the wee mythbuster in your life, the one that’s around middle school aged. Starting with Stone Age tools and ending with the Large Hadron Collider, each chapter of the book describes a leap in our scientific understanding and all the gruesome, horrible consequences (or potential consequences, in the case of our friend the LHC). The related experiments for each chapter are rated using the following catastrophic scale: LOW: No risk of catastrophe. GUARDED: Slight risk of mess, paper cuts, stained clothes. ELEVATED: Involves use of heavy or sharp objects. Adult supervision recommended. HIGH: Involves use of fire, hot liquids, or hazardous substances. Adult supervision required. Start your little mythbuster off right with real hard science and fun, messy experiments.






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Ice Safety Tips from Ohio DNR

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No Funny Title- Just the Facts.

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohioans are reminded to use extreme caution during winter while venturing onto frozen waterways and to be prepared to handle an emergency should someone fall through the ice, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

As some of the lowest temperatures of the season arrive, some people may be tempted to venture out onto the ice and should be aware of basic safety tips, including being prepared for an emergency. ODNR offers these ice safety tips; additional tips can be found online at www.ohiodnr.com and through various other Internet web resources.

Ice Safety Tips:

  • Always remember that ice-covered water is never completely safe.
  • Anyone new to ice fishing, or interested in learning how to safely ice fish, should seek out a licensed ice-fishing guide. A list of certified guides is available at www.wildohio.com or by calling the ODNR Division of Wildlife, Sandusky office at (419) 625-8062. Ask at local bait shops about known areas of thin or dangerous ice.
  • Always go out with friends, letting others know when you will be on the ice and when you will return. Whenever possible, wrap a mobile phone in a plastic bag and take it with you.
  • Wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket or float coat. Life vests provide excellent flotation and protection from hypothermia.
  • Use safe alternatives to local streams or lakes for skating or sledding. Check with your local, state or metro park district to see where conditions are suitable for skating. Some state parks, including Delaware State Park in Delaware County and Dillon State Park in Muskingum County, offer free access to designated ice-skating areas.
  • Understand wind chill factors are relative temperature guides. Although a thermometer may read 40 degrees, a wind speed of 20 miles per hour can cause a body to lose heat as if the temperature was actually 18 degrees.
  • Carry two ice picks, screwdrivers or large nails to create leverage for pulling yourself out of the water. They are much more effective than bare hands. Also, carry a whistle or other noisemaker to alert people that you are in distress.
  • Dress in layers and add extra clothing for the head, neck, sides and groin, which are the primary heat-loss areas. Wool and modern synthetics are good fabric choices for clothing; cotton is slow to dry when wet.
  • Keep an extra set of clothes in your car in case you need dry clothing.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages. In addition to reducing reaction times, alcohol lowers your internal temperature and increases your chance of suffering hypothermia.
  • Never drive a vehicle, snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle onto ice. Leave this to professional guides. This is extremely dangerous and most insurance policies will not cover the vehicles of ice fishermen that have dropped through the ice.

The ODNR Division of Watercraft administers Ohio’s boating programs. The agency oversees watercraft registration and titling operations, provides funding to local communities for education, enforcement and boating access facilities, educates the public, and enforces boating laws on Ohio’s waterways. More information may be found online at www.ohiodnr/com/watercraft or by following the Division of Watercraft on Facebook or Twitter.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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Springtime Safety Alert: Leave that Cute and Cuddly Critter Alone

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HARRISBURG – Whether hiking in the woods, driving through the countryside or simply enjoying nature in your backyard, Pennsylvania Game Commission officials encourage outdoor enthusiasts to leave wildlife alone, and in the wild, especially young of the year.
“Being outdoors in the spring is an enjoyable way to spend time and learn more about nature,” said Calvin W. DuBrock, Game Commission Bureau of Wildlife Management director. “In the coming months, it will become common to find young deer, rabbits, birds, raccoons or other wildlife, some of which may appear to be abandoned. Rest assured that in most cases, the young animal is not an orphan or abandoned and the best thing you can do is to leave it alone.”

Meet The Parents?

DuBrock noted adult animals often leave their young while the adults forage for food. Also, wildlife often relies on a natural defensive tactic called the “hider strategy,” where young animals will remain motionless and “hide” in surrounding cover while adults draw the attention of potential predators or other intruders away from their young.

“While it may appear as if the adults are abandoning their young, in reality, this is just the animal using its natural instincts to protect its young,” DuBrock said. “Nature also protects young animals with camouflaging color to avoid being detected by predators.

No, We Cannot Keep It

“Wild animals are not meant to be pets, and we must all resist our well-meaning and well-intentioned urge to want to care for wildlife. Taking wildlife from its natural settings and into your home may expose or transmit wildlife diseases to people or domestic animals. Wildlife also may carry parasites – such as fleas, ticks or lice – that you wouldn’t want infesting you, your family, your home or your pets.”
DuBrock noted that, each year, people ignore this advice by taking wildlife into their homes and then are urged to undergo treatment for possible exposure to various wildlife-borne diseases, such as rabies.
“In nearly all cases, people’s well-meaning and well-intentioned actions still require that the animal be put down in the interest of public health,” he said. “Unfortunately, pop-culture has instilled in people a certain stereotype of what a rabid animal looks like. And, while some animals will act vicious and even foam at the mouth, many times an infected animal will be quiet and still, or simply appear uncoordinated or unafraid. Handling these animals can result in exposure to rabies and require that someone undergo treatment as a precaution, especially if the animal can’t be captured for testing.”
In addition to protecting public health, Game Commission Bureau of Wildlife Protection Director Rich Palmer said that the agency also is concerned with wildlife implications from humans handling wildlife.

Humans Can Be Habit Forming

“Habituating wildlife to humans is a serious concern, because if wildlife loses its natural fear of humans it can pose a public safety risk,” Palmer said. “For example, a few years ago, a yearling, six-point buck attacked and severely injured two people. Our investigation revealed that a neighboring family had illegally taken the deer into their home and fed it as a fawn. This family continued to feed the deer right up until the time of the attack.
“This particular incident was the subject of numerous news stories around the state, and serves as a fitting example of the possible consequences that can stem from feeding or simply getting too close to wildlife.”
In addition, Palmer noted that it is illegal to take or possess wildlife from the wild. Under state law, the penalty for such a violation is a fine of up to $1,500 per animal.

“Under no circumstances will anyone who illegally takes wildlife into captivity be allowed to keep that animal,” Palmer said. “While residents love to view wildlife and are very compassionate, they must enjoy wildlife from a distance and allow nature to run its course.”

Rabies

Palmer also pointed out that, under a working agreement with state health officials, any “high risk” rabies vector species confiscated after human contact must be euthanized and tested; it cannot be returned to the wild. Though any mammal may carry rabies, species identified in the agreement are: skunks, raccoons, foxes, bats, coyotes and groundhogs.

“Except for some species of bats, populations of all other rabies vector species are thriving,” Palmer said. “Therefore, to protect public health and safety, it only makes sense to put down an animal for testing, rather than risk relocating a potentially rabid animal, and to answer the question of whether any people were exposed to the rabies virus.”

DuBrock said it is always wise to avoid wild animals and even strange domestic pets because of the potential rabies risk.

“Animals infected with rabies may not show obvious symptoms, but still may be able to transmit the disease,” DuBrock.

People can get rabies from the saliva of a rabid animal if they are bitten or scratched, or if the saliva gets into the person’s eyes, mouth or a fresh wound. The last human rabies fatality in Pennsylvania was a 12‑year‑old Lycoming County boy who died in 1984

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