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SAFETY BRIEFING

These documents are produced as a control measure following a risk assessment of the hiking and camping elements of the Acorn Hike. It is NOT intended as a First Aid training device – this should be trained separately. 

All team members should be briefed / trained on the following items prior to the event, a copy of this should then be signed by the leader and handed in by the team at check-in. 

COPING WITH HEAT

There is a risk of dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke during hot weather or exercise.

  • Drink plenty of cold drinks, especially when exercising. Avoid caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar
  • Wear light-coloured, loose clothing Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors
  • Sprinkle water over skin or clothes
  • Avoid extreme exercise

What to look out for

  • Feeling thirsty, dry mouth, lips and eyes
  • Headache, feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Loss of appetite and feeling sick
  • Excessive sweating and pale, clammy skin
  • Dark yellow and strong smelling pee

Use your emergency phone to contact control if you see any of these

  • Feeling unusually tired
  • Confused and disorientated
  • Dizziness when you stand up that doesn’t go away
  • Pulse is weak or rapid
  • Cramps in the arms, legs or stomach
  • Chest pain

Call 999 and control if anyone is unconscious or has a seizure

things you can do to cool someone down

Things you can do to cool someone down

  1. Move them to a cool place.
  2. Get them to lie down and raise their feet slightly.
  3. Get them to drink plenty of water.
  4. Cool their skin – spray or use spare clothing to sponge them with cool water and fan them. Cold packs around the armpits or neck are good too.

Stay with them until they are better.They should start to cool down and feel better within 30 minutes

You are a team, look after each other