Category: Outdoor Safety

Safe Tick Removal Prevents Lyme Disease  

Lyme disease is a potentially life-changing infection caused by bacteria. In Indiana, it is transmitted by the black-legged tick. Fortunately, the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease takes at least 3 to 4 days to enter the body after the tick attaches.   If you go into the woods or fields when it is not winter, […]

Sharing the Road with Buggies and Farm Equipment

Sharing the road in Rush County includes watching out for Amish buggies and large farm equipment, as well as cars and cyclists. Here are a few tips for safe driving in Rush County.   1) Be careful when passing. Some farm equipment is too large to safely pass on back roads. Often our back roads lack shoulders. Even when they are […]

Sunglasses Prevent Eye Damage

It’s odd to think that our eyes can be damaged by light, but they can. UV light from the sun can cause eye cancer, cataracts, and growths on the eye. When buying sunglasses to protect your eyes, don’t choose them by the color, since darker glasses don’t give more protection. Instead, buy sunglasses labeled as […]

10 Tips for Winter Wheelchair Safety

Navigating through snow and ice can be challenging for everyone, but particularly for those who are wheelchair or scooter-bound.  Here are 10 tips to make winter travel a bit easier. Before winter sets in, get your wheelchair serviced to make sure that everything is in top working order. This is important for both manual and […]

Adapt to cold weather with layered clothing

There is an old saying to the effect that, there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. If Indiana weather were more extreme, all Hoosiers would be forced to invest in heavy duty winter clothing. However, even in Indiana, being properly dressed can give us the freedom to enjoy the outdoors even […]

Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac

Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac rashes are all caused by an allergy to uroshiol, an oil that is found in all three plants. Once exposed, the rash doesn’t appear for 12 to 72 hours. This makes it hard to know if you have “caught” the rash. Uroshiol occurs in the stems and roots […]