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Safety on Walks


Please note: All sporting and leisure activities have inherent hazards associated with them and rambling is no exception.

The safety of our walkers is always of paramount concern but accidents will occasionally occur.  It is important, therefore, that when walking with us, each person appreciates that they have a personal responsibility to identify the hazards associated with the activity and take all reasonable steps to eliminate or minimise harm to property and people. 

In the event something goes wrong however, Ramblers hold public liability insurance covering the activities of themselves, leaders, volunteers and members whilst on organised and published Ramblers' activities.  


Click on this link for full details of Ramblers' advice on walk related safety issues. 







Walking on the Coast Path 

Keep away from dangerous cliffs, both at the top and the bottom, particularly in East Devon where there are erosion problems. You should also be aware of the RNLI Respect The Water Camapaign. Click on the Logo for details.

RNLI Respect

Texting 999 or 112 in areas with poor mobile phone reception

If your phone has no service it is possible that a text to 999 (or 112) might still get through. 

You will however need to pre-register for this service that was initially set up for people with hearing difficulties.

To register using SMS text messages you must:

1.  Send the word 'register' in an SMS(text) message to 999
2.  You will then receive SMS messages about the service
3.  When you have read these SMS messages reply by sending 'yes' in an SMS message to 999
4.  You will receive a SMS message telling you that your mobile phone is registered or if there is a problem with your registration

Further details can be found  Here


 Check your Body for Ticks after Walking

This is a summary of the advice that can be found at PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND

Ticks can transmit bacteria that cause diseases such as Lyme disease.  Although not all tick bites result in disease, it is important you know how to avoid tick bites and to take action if you or your family get bitten.  This factsheet provides important health advice and some basic precautions you can take to help you and your family avoid tick bites.

Remove the tick as soon as possible

Ticks can be removed safely with tweezers or a tick removal tool.  Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible, pull upwards slowly and firmly, as mouthparts left in the skin can cause a local infection.  Once removed, apply antiseptic to the bite area, or wash with soap and water and keep an eye on it for several weeks for any changes.

Contact your GP if you begin to feel ill and remember to tell them you were bitten by a tick or have recently spent time outdoors.

First Aid Apps for you Smartphone

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The British Red Cross have developed Apps that guide you in dealing with First Aid situations.

There are separate ones for Adults and Babies/Children. 

The information you need is all hosted on the app itself, meaning that, once downloaded, no internet connection is needed, making it fast and easy to access. 

Details, and how to download them, can be found Here

Personal Details Sheet

In the unlikely event that illness or an accident might incapacitate you on a walk, we ask that you keep a Personal Details Sheet in an easy to find place in your ruck sack.

This is easier to find if it is printed on yellow paper protected by laminating or in a clear polythene folder. Our Membership Secretary holds a supply of these forms but a copy can be downloaded  Here                  

Incident Report

Leaders should be aware of Ramblers’ civil liability insurance cover.

If an incident arises resulting in injury or damage, Ramblers require that the Group submit an Incident Report Form.

With the help of the Walk Leader, this should be completed and sent to Devon Area via our Secretary.


Sunday, December 16, 2018