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Outdoor Emergencies: An Unfriendly Environment

Learn what to do in when the environment causes harm. Find out how to handle injury from extreme heat or cold, or ways to manage bites and stings. Look here to plan for any environmental emergencies.
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  2. Drowning (6)
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Scariest Weather Stories - Readers Respond with Their Scaries…
What's your worst weather story? Were you trapped in a blizzard for days? Did you have to hunker down in the cellar through several twisters? Come share your stories with readers of About.com First Aid and read how others have weathered the worst.

6 Deadliest Weather Conditions

Mother Nature is beautiful, but she's got a temper. The trick to dodging her bad moods is to be prepared and use some good judgment when she strikes with severe weather.

Nature fills in several spots on the leading causes of death chart. Here are the deadliest weather conditions Mother Nature has to offer with severe weather safety tips to get through alive.

Dangers of Summer Storms
Summer weather can be filled with severe storms and withering heat. Tornadoes, heat illness, hurricanes, and more are all part of summer in many parts of the country.

CPR Only Resuscitation - Is CPR alone enough to save a life
How long should a rescuer do CPR in the wilderness? The answer is immensely personal.

Surviving High Heat
When the body is unable to rid itself of heat, heat illnesses (heat exhaustion or heat stroke) can develop. People have a higher chance of becoming dehydrated as heat and humidity increase.

Summer First Aid Myths
Nosebleeds and sunburns are common sights in the summertime. Do you know what to do for these and other summertime injuries? Plenty of summer injuries have conventional home remedies that are, frankly, wrong. These five first aid tips will help dispel those myths and give you the tools to take care of your summer mishaps the right way.

Avoid Lightning Strikes
Knowing where to go when thunderstorms approach is the best defense against lightning.

Too Much Sun Exposure
Spending too much time in the sun can have serious repercussions. Heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and sunburn are all problems.

Outdoor Safety: Avoiding Hypothermia
When the weather is extremely cold, and especially if there are high winds, try to stay indoors. Make any trips outside as brief as possible.

Treatment for Poison Ivy Rash
Treatment for poison ivy rash includes natural remedies like jewelweed (sometimes misspelled as "jewel weed") as well as mainstream medical remedies. Treatment for poison ivy begins by washing with soap and water within 15 minutes of contact, regardless of whether you opt for jewelweed or modern science.

Avoiding Poison Ivy
Learn to avoid and treat poison ivy exposures with your kids, including using products like Zanfel, Tecnu, and Ivy-Block.

Poison Ivy Treatment Guide
Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and/or Poison Sumac will cause an allergic reaction in most people. Urushiol is a chemical in these plants that causes the blisters and itchy rash. Learn to prevent and control reactions and common treatments.

Poison Ivy Symptoms
Review the symptoms of poison ivy, which typically includes an intensely itchy rash with red bumps and blisters that forms after exposure to poison ivy, poison sumac, or poison oak.

Burns are about the loss of skin. Make sure to protect victims from heat loss and infection.

How to Keep Yourself and Your Family Safe and Healthy in Summer
Tips to stay safe in the sun. Includes sunburn first aid.

Altitude Illness
Altitude Illness -- How to recognize, prevent and treat symptoms of high altitude illness (acute mountain sickness).

Wilderness First Aid
Two to three day course teaching you what you need to know about wilderness first aid.

First Aid Checklist for Campers
A list of items for those camping emergencies. From your About Guide to Camping.

Spider Bite Pictures
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look...

Deadliest Weather Conditions
Nature fills in several spots on the leading causes of death chart. Here are some of the deadliest weather conditions Mother Nature has to offer with tips to get through alive.

Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac
Learn how to avoid poison ivy, oak and sumac. If you didn't avoid it, learn how to treat the itching and rash.

Summertime Safety Tips
Summer is a great time to play outdoors. Getting out and getting active means more potential to get hurt. Here are some tips and tools to help you stay safe in the summertime.

Wildnerness First Aid
Wilderness first aid covers a different type of first aid than what a typical suburban parent would need. Know whether you need wilderness first aid or another type of course.

Venomous or Poisonous?
What's the difference between venomous and poisonous? Does it matter if you're still dead?

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