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Safe Hiking Tips for California’s Trails

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California has some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world. The summertime provides you with the perfect excuse to hit those trails and enjoy some high-quality hikes. Before you do, make sure you take a few minutes to consider your safety.

Be Realistic About Your Fitness

Let’s face it. Most of us aren’t as in shape as we’d like to be. Overdoing it and getting exhausted while on one of California’s hiking trails differs from getting too tired while working out at the gym. It’s far more dangerous. When hiking it’s better to underestimate your stamina and fitness than to overestimate it.

Don’t assume that being out of shape means you shouldn’t go hiking, it just means you need to do a little more planning. Consider both the length of the hike, if there are places to sit, how shaded the trail is, if the terrain is rough or smooth, and the site’s overall elevation before starting your hike. Make sure you’re going to have enough energy to return to your car.

Bring Water

You’re going to get hot quickly. The heat and exertion increase the odds of your dehydrating so make sure you have plenty of water in your pack. Frequently take small sips, even if you don’t think you’re thirsty. Dehydration and heatstroke is something that sometimes catches people by surprise.

Pack a First Aid Kit

When you’re putting together your hiking pack, make sure there is a small, well-stocked first aid kit tucked into it. The first aid kit should include some topical antibiotics, band-aids, and a wrap.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

While you’re hiking, keep your head up and your eyes off your phone. You need to be aware of your surroundings. Know what people are around you, be ready for wildlife and dogs that are off-leash. Don’t forget to pay attention to any stinging insects.

Let Someone Know Where you Are

Even though you might prefer hiking by yourself, you should at least make sure someone knows what trails you’re going to be on and when you intend to be done hiking. Letting someone in on your itinerary helps them know if you don’t return on time and helps them, direct people, to the area where they should start looking for you.

Don’t assume that just because all of your past hikes have been successful that you won’t get lost or hurt on your next one.

When it comes to hiking, you always want to make safety your priority.

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Summer Camping Safety Tips

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Camping is a great way to enjoy both the fantastic summer weather and breathtaking beauty California has to offer. The great thing about camping is that it’s also affordable and usually something you can do at the spur of the moment.

The key to getting the maximum amount of enjoyment out of your camping adventure is making sure you are safety conscious the entire time you’re camping.

Be Knowledgeable About Basic First Aid

It doesn’t matter how careful you are, accidents do happen and anytime there’s an accident, there’s a risk of an injury. Before you embark on a camping adventure, set aside some time to acquaint yourself with basic first aid. Make sure you know how to tie a tourniquet to slow bleed, how to apply a pressure bandage, and how to manage a sprain.

While you’re learning how to treat common camping injuries, you should also learn how to identify and manage things like allergic reactions, head injuries, hypothermia, and heatstroke.

Knowing how to deal with a camping health crisis is great, but all that knowledge won’t do you any good if you don’t have the right supplies with you. Put together a first aid kit that has everything needed to deal with common camping injuries and make sure you have the kit with you at all times. Never go on a hike or boating adventure without your first aid kit.

Research the Area Where You’ll be Camping

Once you know where you’re going camping, take some time to familiarize yourself with the camping area. Know what dangers are in the area and learn the steps you can take to protect yourself. Most parks will let you know if there are plants, animals, and particular parts of the park you should avoid. If you learn that the park has bears, raccoons, and other forms of wildlife that have gotten comfortable with campers, take some time to make sure you have equipment that will protect your camping gear from these animals. You should also memorize the steps you should take if you find yourself in a face-to-face encounter with wildlife.

Pack a Dangerous Plants Book in Your Kit

You should always have a book that helps you identify dangerous plants that are native to the area where you’re camping. This book will not only help you identify which plants you shouldn’t touch but will also provide useful tips about what you should do if you accidentally brush against one. Knowing what types of dangerous plants are native to your campsite helps you determine what salves and lotions you should include in your first aid kit.

Make Sure you’re Equipment is in Good Repair

Before leaving on your camping trip, look over your equipment and make sure it’s in good repair. Having equipment that is in perfect working order not only makes your camping experience safer but also increases how much you enjoy your adventure.

Check-in With a Loved One

Always let someone know what your camping itinerary is and schedule regular check-ins. While this might seem like an inconvenience, knowing where to start searching for you if you don’t check-in can be a lifesaver if you fall and injure yourself so badly you can’t return to your campsite.

When it comes to camping safety, you can never be too cautious.

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Prepare Your Pets for Fireworks

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The Fourth of July is right around the corner which means people are going to set off fireworks. Even if you have no intention of being around fireworks, you need to take steps to protect your pets from them. Don’t assume that just because your neighbors have never set off fireworks in the past that you don’t have to worry about them.

The first thing you need to do to prepare your pet for the possibility of Fourth of July fireworks is to plan on the loud noises scaring your pet. Most pets hate fireworks. Consider getting a tight coat for your pet to wear which will help ease their anxiety. If you know that your pet is already sound sensitive and it suffers from anxiety, you should talk to your veterinarian about getting some calming medications.

As the evening grows long, don’t let your pet out of your house. The Fourth of July is one of those dates when you should complete your evening walk early in the evening. You want your pets to be tucked inside your home before the light show begins. If your pet has to go outside during, or even after the firework display, take them out on a leash. Animal shelters throughout California and the rest of the United States report that they get more reports of lost pets in the days following The Fourth. Almost all of these pets involve an animal who never runs off so their owner got too casual.

It wouldn’t hurt to take a current photo or two of your pet in the days leading up to the Fourth of July. Having a current photo that you can show local animal shelters, vet clinics, and post on lost pet social media sites drastically increases the odds of someone identifying your pet and returning them to you.

If you haven’t already gotten your pet microchipped, now is an excellent time to do so. The microchip makes it possible for animal shelters to quickly reunite you and your lost pet.

If possible, stay home so that you can comfort your pet. Even if they appear to be ignoring you, your presence really will make them feel better and it will also help them recover more quickly.

If you leave the house during the fireworks display, be careful while going through the doors. Expect your pet to want to bolt through the door with you.

When it comes to fireworks and pets, it’s in everyone’s best interest to prepare for the worst.

Have A Safe And Fun Fourth of July!

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Fourth of July Firework Safety Tips

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Fireworks are a fun and memorable way to celebrate the Fourth of July, but they can also be dangerous and in some cases have even been deadly. If you plan on setting off your own fireworks this Fourth of July, you owe it to yourself and your family to use common sense and practice firework safety.

Pay Careful Attention to Your Kids

Kids love fireworks and setting off an elaborate display with them is a great way to make new memories, but you don’t want the memories to include tears and emergency room visits. Never lose sight of the fact that fireworks and kids don’t mix. Encourage your kids to stand back while your setting up the fireworks and don’t allow them to play with any of the firework paraphernalia. Never leave your children unattended when there is even the smallest chance they could get into the fireworks.

Have a Ready Supply of Water

One of the biggest problems with fireworks in California is that they contribute to the wildfire problem. If it’s extremely hot and dry, you should want to hold off on using your fireworks until after you’ve gotten some rain. If you really can’t resist setting off the fireworks, at least make sure you have an ample supply of water on hand. In addition to keeping buckets, hoses, and sprayers close, you should also thoroughly spray the area and get everything damp before lighting the fireworks.

Don’t Light Duds

Yes, fireworks are expensive and it’s frustrating to have one that doesn’t perform well, but don’t try to get your money’s worth out of it by relighting it. Leave the duds alone. Lighting duds is how many people lose fingers and suffer extensive burns. In addition to not relighting it, liberally soak it with water before disposing of the defective firework.

Keep Medical Supplies on Hand

In addition to always wearing eye protection while setting off fireworks, you should also keep a medical supply kit close at hand. Make sure that the kit is liberally stocked with medical supplies that are designed to treat burns. If you get burned while lighting your fireworks, treat the injury right away and then seek professional medical help.

By putting safety first, you and your family will avoid any unwanted mishaps with fireworks!

Have A Safe And Fun Fourth of July!

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Preventing Auto Theft

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Auto theft is a massive and expensive problem. The Insurance Information Institute reports that in 2019, 219.9 cars per 100,000 people were stolen. The average value of the stolen vehicle was $8,886.

The good news is that while you might not be able to totally prevent yourself from being a victim of auto theft, there are some things you can do to resist the odds of your car attracting a car thief.

It sounds basic, but the best way to prevent your car from getting stolen is by never leaving your keys in the vehicle. Seeing a set of keys sitting the cupholder or still in the ignition is just too much for some people to resist. Plus, you don’t want to have to explain to the responding officers or your car insurance company that your keys were stolen along with the car.

Get into the habit of locking your car all the time and not leaving the windows down. Car thieves know that the key to a successful theft job is quickly gaining access to the vehicle. They don’t want to attract attention by breaking a window or trying to jimmy the lock. In most cases, the thief will leave the locked car alone and look for an easier target.

Don’t leave valuables in your car, and if you do leave them in the car, place them somewhere that they won’t be noticed by someone walking past your car. This includes things like cell phones, tablets, and nice clothing.

At night, try to make sure your car is parked under a streetlight or locked in a garage. Car thieves look for vehicles that are parked in shadows so that they can hide in the darkness while they break into the vehicle.

Consider hiding your registration. You should already know that you never keep the title in your car, but it’s not a bad idea to store the registration somewhere other than the glove box. Not knowing where the registration makes it harder for the thief to prove the vehicle is theirs if they’re pulled over.

Avoid parking in areas of high crime is one of the best things you can do to prevent yourself from being the victim of a car thief. If you suddenly start to hear reports of nearby cars getting stolen or vandalized, it might be time to look for a new parking area.

The best way to prevent yourself from being a victim of car theft is using common sense, keeping your car locked, and being aware of your surroundings.

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Negligent Discharge of a Weapon in California

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A California man was recently arrested on the negligent discharge of a weapon charge. In this particular case, the man was allegedly firing BBs at passing traffic. It’s unclear how many windows he shot out or how much property damage might have occurred. It is estimated that approximately 100 different vehicles were struck by BBs.

Many people aren’t aware of what a charge of negligent discharge of a weapon in California means.

To learn the exact ins and outs of this particular charge, you have to look at California’s Penal Code (PC) 246.3 PC. When you read through it, you’ll discover that California lawmakers determined that a firearm was being used in a negligent way whenever the person handling the gun did so in a manner that could easily result in another person getting hurt, or in a grossly negligent manner.

One of the interesting things about this particular charge is that for the charges to stick, the prosecutor must be able to prove that you willfully fired the gun and that you understood that doing so could result in someone getting hurt or possibly even killed. You can’t be charged with negligent discharge of a weapon if firing the gun was an accident or if you couldn’t reasonably expect someone was going to get hurt.

Negligent discharge of a weapon is one of California’s wobbler laws. Whether you’re charged with a felony or misdemeanor depends on the circumstances surrounding the event, how many people were involved, criminal history.

If you’re convicted of misdemeanor negligent discharge of a weapon in California, you could be sentenced to a full year in jail and fined up to $1,000. You’ll likely be asked to make restitution and possibly be required to take some gun safety classes.

If you’re convicted of felony negligent discharge of a weapon in California, the sentencing could include:

  • Up to three years in jail
  • A fine that could be as large as $10,000
  • Felony probation

Felony negligent discharge of a weapon is part of California’s Three Strikes law. That means that if you’ve been convicted of this felony before, the second conviction means twice the maximum sentence length, so instead of three years in jail, you could be sentenced to six. The third conviction of this particular crime, you can be sentenced to 25 to life in prison.

The seriousness of this particular charge proves why you should always be careful and use your common sense while you’re handling a firearm.

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Tips for Preventing Road Rage in California

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Road rage in California is a serious problem. The Best Driving School reported that nationwide, road rage was responsible for 218 murders and 12,610 injuries during seven years. Road rage has been the cause of countless accidents and deaths. Many of the people who were injured and killed during road rage incidents were innocent bystanders.

The good news is that road rage is something that can be prevented. Learning to stay calm and to control your temper, no matter what other drivers are doing around you, means you won’t be prone to making stupid, road rage-induced, driving maneuvers. Learning to understand the types of things that can trigger bouts of road rage will help you become a safer driver and the type of driver who doesn’t incite bouts of road rage.

Stay Calm While Driving

You don’t want to be the type of person who sees red and becomes enraged while behind the wheel. If know that you have a short temper and zero tolerance for people making driving mistakes, you owe it to yourself to seek help. Learn breathing techniques that will help you stay calm while driving.

If you’re already prone to road rage, you need to dedicate yourself to avoid situations that can activate your temper. This means you need to drive defensively. By staying away from other drivers, you reduce the number of times you’re cut off, or that someone passes by too closely, or makes a sudden decision to change lanes or turn.

If you feel your hold on your temper starting to slide, take several deep breaths and force yourself to not act instinctively. Rude gestures and retaliatory actions only make the situation worse.

When you do find yourself getting angry, focus on softening your grip on the steering wheel and unclenching your jaw.

How to Prevent Road Rage in Others

Don’t assume that simply because you’re a calm, collected person who rarely gets aggravated by other people that you don’t have to worry about preventing road rage in California. You need to make sure that you’re not the type of driver who triggers bouts of road rage.

The best way to make sure you aren’t triggering road rage is by becoming a predictable driver. Always use your blinker within 100-150 feet of your turn. Don’t break suddenly unless there’s an emergency. Maintain a steady speed.

The next thing you need to do is ignore your phone. Not only aren’t you supposed to be dealing with your phone while you’re behind the wheel, even glancing at the screen can cause you to swerve, speed up, slow down, or miss something important. The same is true if you have a child or pet in the car. You must teach yourself to ignore them while you’re driving.

Stay calm when you’re confronted with an angry driver. Don’t swerve away from them, but you also shouldn’t make eye contact or do anything they might find upsetting. Imagine that your calmness will envelop them and diffuse any road rage they’re experiencing.

Why You Should Stay Calm While Driving

There are lots of reasons why you should strive to stay as calm as possible while driving. The most obvious reason to learn how to control bouts of road rage while driving is to prevent nasty accidents. You should also remember that stress takes a toll on both your mental and physical health and periods of road rage are extremely stressful. Learning to prevent road rage should help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

What you might not realize is that road rage can cost you your California driver’s license. Police officers respond to lots of traffic incidents that involve road rage. When they write up the report, the officer has the option to report the incident to the DMV who will read through the report and list you as a Negligent Driver which allows them to start the process of revoking your driver’s license.

Considering the possible consequences of a single road rage incident, it’s in your best interest to keep your temper under control and to always drive defensively.

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Keeping Your Kids Safe this Summer

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Summer is finally here which means long days and lots of freedom for your kids.

While you want your kids to have a great time and make lots of good memories this summer, you also want them to stay safe. The good news is that it’s possible to do both.

Preventing Heat Stroke

One of the summertime dangers parents don’t always think about is heatstroke. While heatstroke in kids is rare, it does happen and it can be deadly.

Most cases of heatstroke in kids occur in cars. The inside of a car can heat up quickly during the summer months and if a child is strapped into a car seat, they can quickly develop a case of fatal heatstroke. This usually happens when a guardian has completely forgotten the child in the car.

The best way to make sure you never accidentally leave your child in the car while you run into the store is by creating a reminder. One grandmother puts her shoes near the car seat. Other parents stick a note on their steering wheel. Some put their purses or cell phones next to their infant. What you do isn’t important as long as it makes it impossible for you to accidentally leave your child in the car alone this summer.

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that since you’re only going to be away from the car for a moment or two, that it’s okay to leave your child alone. It’s not. A single delay can be deadly. Even if your child is sleeping, take them with you.

If you don’t want to bring your child into the doctor/bank/grocery store. Have a responsible adult stay in the car with them. Make sure you leave the car running and the air conditioner parked. If possible, park in the shade. Make it clear that the person watching your child is not to leave the vehicle unless they take the child with them.

While Playing Outside

While it’s unusual for kids to suffer from heatstroke while playing outside, young bodies appear to have an easier time adapting to elevated temperatures than adult bodies, it can happen. The best way to prevent your child from suffering from heat stroke when they are outside playing is making sure they take frequent drinks of cool water and encouraging them to play in the shade during the warmest parts of the day.

Signs that your child is in danger of developing heat stroke are:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Skin is clammy and cool to the touch
  • Your child’s body temperature has surpassed 104˚ Fahrenheit.

If you suspect your child is suffering from heatstroke, the first thing you need to do is get them to sit down somewhere that is cool. Encourage them to drink something cool, preferably which contains electrolytes. Wipe them with a cool damp cloth.

If your child doesn’t start to recover quickly or frequently suffers from bouts of heatstroke, you should seek medical assistance.