Saturday, November 22, 2014

Being Prepared in Extreme Weather Situations

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With more reports of extreme weather affecting every region of the world, it’s important to be prepared now more than ever. Most weather and disaster preparedness experts agree that the more prepared you are when disaster strikes the better your chances are of coming out unscathed. Whether camping with your family or preparing your home for an extreme weather scenario there is a portable generator that meets your needs.

Many companies including Westinghouse, Honda, and Champion are making high quality quite generators for RV’s, small generators for camping, and duel fuel portable generators, that can usually be converted to tri fuel portable generators with an easy to install conversion kit.

The conversion might be an added expense but can come in handy when a disaster strikes or when resources are hard to come by. By converting your generator from a duel fuel portable generator to a tri fuel portable generator, you’re adding the ability for your portable generator to run off of natural gasses, and propane as opposed to just gasoline. Gasoline is great option if you use all of the fuel in your tank and use your generator often. However when gasoline sits for long periods of time it can become gummy and cause your generator to malfunction when you need it most. Many natural gasses and propane can sit undisturbed for longer periods, and are often used by professionals for their emergency generators.

Gasoline also becomes one of the most sought after resources after a disaster, and can be extremely hard to allocate between your vehicles and your generator. Using natural gases and propane assures you will have fuel when it’s needed most and will probably assure you are the most popular person in your neighborhood if extreme weather does affect your region.

Generators are hopefully a last resort in a weather emergency, but can enhance camping and outdoor experiences, so having a generator can serve a number of different purposes from powering appliances in your RV, keeping the lights on while in the outdoors, or just adding an additional source of portable power around your home.

We hope you never have to use your generator as an emergency survival device, and can use it as another way to enhance your daily and special activities. However there is no denying that when disasters do occur that having a generator at your disposal can be the thing that makes the difference. If that day comes having a tri fuel generator can be a huge advantage in making sure you and your family are safe and comfortable.

The article was written by Henry Habgood. Henry is an Amazon Affiliate and is the owner of Generator Gator.

Friday, November 21, 2014

5 Hiking Safety Tips You Can't Afford to Ignore

Whether it is a first-timer on a short hike near their home or a multi-day excursion on the other side of the country, safety should always be a hiker’s number one priority. Many outdoor enthusiasts may have a general knowledge of safety tips and tricks when out in the wild, but it is also important to have a healthy dose of respect for nature and just how dangerous it can be. Here is a closer look at five safety tips that should never be ignored when heading out on a hike. 

  1. Pick a Location and Stick to It

    A little improvisation to catch a view or explore an interesting area is not a terrible idea in most situations, but those heading outdoors should stay relatively close to their planned hike. This is necessary for a couple of reasons, beginning with the fact that family, friends, and park rangers should know where the hiker plans on being and for how long. Heading off of the trail could also mean finding oneself in an unsafe situation such as an area prone to animal attacks. 

  2. Bring More Water than is Needed

    Water is often the heaviest item brought along during a hike, and this leads to many under-preparing with their water supply. In addition to hydrating before and after a hike, it is also vital to pack quite a bit more than one thinks they will need, preferably in shatter-resistant bottles. Anyone that is going on a hike that will take longer than a few hours should bring a secondary source of water and never drink untreated water. Some of the most popular options include purification tablets or a filtering stick. 

  3. Learn How to Treat All Basic Medical Issues

    Medical kits that are designed for the outdoors are lightweight and will include tools to treat all of the most common issues that may take place. Instead of using a heavier and larger kit, such as those designed to be stored in the trunk of a vehicle, hiking kits should include basic items such bandages of different sizes, burn treatments, lip balm, sunscreen, a multi-tool, and cleaning pads. When creating these kits, it is also a good time to begin considering medical wristbands that could prevent mishaps if one is injured and in need of professional medical attention.

  4. Stay Loud, Stay Visible

    Staying visible and noisy to both humans and any wildlife that may potentially be around could help hikers prevent some serious issues. For wildlife, heavy footfalls or even whistling will scare almost all animals off, even predators in many situations. Having bright clothing and something like an emergency whistle to make noise could also help a hiker be found by a search party if they are lost or in need of help. 

  5. Don’t Panic

    No matter how prepared an outdoor enthusiast may be, accidents can happen and adrenaline is sure to set in if they do happen. When this takes place, it can be all too easy to succumb to fear which will result in bad decision making skills and wasted energy. While no one will understand how they will react until they are put in one of these situations, it is important to always take a moment, relax one’s nerves, and then think through the problem logically. 

There are countless variables that will affect the safety of a hiker, and not all of these variables can be controlled by those that are enjoying the great outdoors. With some forward planning, researching the area, and knowing one’s limits, many potentially dangerous situations can be easily avoided. 

Karleia is a freelance blogger and outdoor enthusiast. You can follow Karleia on Google+.