Learn About First Aid

Prepare Yourself in Case of an Emergency

Prepare Yourself in Case of an EmergencyLearn about first aid in case of fishing or land emergencies. Fishing, like any other sport, can come with surprises. Whether you’re a novice at the sport or a professional angler, safety is extremely important. You really never know what you will be faced with. Expect the unexpected as anything can happen, so be prepared.

I’ve learned that safety does not only apply to getting punctured by a fishing hook. (By the way, remember to cast overhead to avoid hooking anyone with your lure.) I’ve gotten small cuts from the fishing line. I know that does not sound common, however, it can happen. Not paying close attention to what you are doing can cause an injury. Those that fish for larger aggressive fish have experience cuts from the larger hooks or even the fish’s sharp teeth.

Having an medical kit in case of emergencies is a must. Your first aid kit should contain essential first aid supplies to treat cuts, scrapes, pain, swelling and other injuries. The Red Cross has a small portable kit that is convenient to carry along with all your fishing equipment to treat small cuts.

When hooks puncture the skin, be cautious on how you remove them. Deep punctures should be removed by an emergency room as you may need a tetanus shot if one has not been had within the required timeframe.

Make sure you carry insect repellant with you. Remember that you are outdoors – home of insect and spiders. You will definitely come across one or more insect or spider on your fishing venture. Mosquitoes and biting flies are common. Wearing insect repellant will make your fishing experience more comfortable. I tend to wear long sleeves and pants when I fish to avoid dealing with the annoying bites. I have found that insect repellant with “Deet” is best because it detracts mosquitoes and biting flyers immediately.

When fishing on an inboard/outboard motorized boat familiarize yourself with the safety tips for being around the motor. Keep your hands, feet and body away from the propeller. Serious injury can occur which can be life threatening. Your best bet is to leave the operating of these devices to the boat experts. Be aware that being an active participant on a boat does require you to be safe and understand safety hazards.

Prepare Yourself in Case of an EmergencyFinally, after a fun day of fishing you may want to enjoy your evening by a northern woods fire. Follow fire pit safety for the area where you will be holding your fire. Most areas have daily fire safety notices you must follow to prevent forest fires. Be careful when managing and enjoying the fire as airborne fire kindle will burn you if it lands on you. Your first aid kit should contain ointment for these types of emergencies.

Make your fishing experience enjoyable for you and your family. The best way to do so is to familiarize yourselves with your equipment and boat. Take a first aid kit with you and practice safe fishing. Having a safe day of fishing will encourage you to return to the Wonderful World of Fishing.