July is National Recreation and Parks month. The United States is home to almost 400 National Parks, many of which are favorite vacation spots. Here in California, we have beautiful Yosemite National Park, popular for its beautiful waterfalls, camping and hiking.

Yosemite Meadow & Waterfall






















Bears

According to the National Parks Service, bears will go to great lengths to eat human food. If you are camping in bear territory, heed the food storage guidelines. If you encounter a bear or cub while hiking, do not make eye contact, speak softly, and go the other way.
   

Fire
  • Only have a campfire in a designated fire pit with a ring.
  • Completely extinguish campfires when you retire for the evening.
  • As Smokey the Bear says, "Only you can prevent a wildfire."


Insects

Ticks. Ticks are prevalent in wooded areas. Check yourself and children each day, especially after hiking. If you find a tick, pull it straight out using tweezers. Save it in a plastic bag in case you or your child become sick. After the tick has been removed, wash the area it was located and your hands with warm, soapy water.

Bees.
Bee stings should be removed by scraping against the skin with your fingernail. Wash the area that was stung. Seek medical care if there is an allergic reaction.
First Aid Kit
A first aid kit should always be on hand when camping or doing any kind of traveling. Check your first aid kit before you leave to make sure it's fully stocked with bandages (all sizes and kinds), an antibiotic cream, alcohol pads, pain medication, a thermometer, and scissors. Click here for a full list.

Resources
There are many other safety tips and precautions that we couldn't possibly cover in one blog, so below are some links to good resources.
http://www.campsafe.org/campsafe.htm
http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/outdoor/woods.html#
http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm


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