Safety and Injury Prevention Outdoor Safety Camping, Hiking and Hunting Safety Being outside has many benefits for your health and well-being, as well as risks when you’re unprepared for the elements. Fortunately, we have advice for staying safe in the great outdoors.CampingCamping is a great way to get in touch with nature and enjoy all the beauty our country offers. Here are some ways to avoid injuries while camping:Have a plan that properly prepares you for any scenario.Use bug repellant to prevent uncomfortable or dangerous bug bites.Store food properly to avoid attracting wildlife.Always inform someone of your location and when you plan to return.Be attentive to tick bites and remove promptly if bitten.Know how to identify poison ivy.Visit our Fire Safety page for more tips on safety around campfires.HikingHiking is a great way to exercise and experience the beauty of your surroundings.Always inform someone of your location and when you plan to return.Stay on the trail to avoid unexpected obstacles.Plan your hike in advance.Bring more water than you think you’ll need.Wear good shoes with adequate grip and support.Carry an emergency kit with water, flair, GPS and first aid supplies.Never feed or touch wildlife.Know how to identify poisonous plants and venomous snakes.Visit our Animal Safety page for more tips on safety around wild animals.HuntingThere are over fifteen million registered hunters in the US each year, making this an incredibly popular activity for outdoor enthusiasts. Here are some tips to keep safe when hunting:Complete the Mo hunter safety course.Always wear an appropriate amount of orange to stay visible to other hunters.Know your firearm.Always identify your target before touching the trigger.Stay aware of other hunters.If you have limited experience, seek a seasoned hunter to guide and accompany you.Always have a first aid kit available.Visit Cross Trail Outfitters, local partner in firearm safety with CoxHealth.Check out the Mo Hunter Safety Program for licensing information. TRAUMA & ACUTE CARE SURGERY Follow Injury Prevention at CoxHealth on Facebook. Get the latest injury prevention tips, news, and other updates from CoxHealth. right Follow Injury Prevention at CoxHealth on Facebook.