Public access to conservation land is not fun when people get hurt. If you plan to invite the public on your land this summer, be sure to consider risk management strategies to make the most of the event. You can avoid many safety issues by taking simple precautions when organizing recreational events.
- Water safety- When organizing any events in or near water, be sure to provide adequate supervision and tell participants not to drink untreated water or get it in their mouths.
- Food safety- When organizing events where you’ll be providing food, make sure those serving food take precautions to prevent food-borne illnesses.
- Animal safety- Be sure to inform participants of any animals that may be dangerous and teach them ways to avoid them.
- Plant safety- Be sure to inform participants of any plants that may cause allergic reactions and help them avoid these plants.
- Bug bites- Bug bites can spread disease and allergic reactions. Make sure participants are aware of the risks and take any necessary precautions.
- Emergency communications- Arrange for a way to communicate with emergency services if the need arises. Cell phones, satellite phones, and personal locator beacons are all possibilities to consider depending on your event. Or have the volunteer EMT or ambulance on standby if you are at an especially remote rugged location or holding a strenuous event.
- Tour safety – Have at least two trained tour leaders if you have an organized group event; have more safety committee members at larger events to prevent tragedies and lesser accidents.
We’re here to help! If you have any questions about risk management at special events or anything else, please let us know. You can email us directly or call 202-800-2219 for Lorri or 802-262-6051 for Leslie.