We were talking about camping safety last time we were at Lake Nitnaht and realized the number of tripping accidents was startling. With so many rocks and roots in the campground – not to mention all the fires and smoke walking is very hazardous. So we started wearing helmets every time we were walking around. Then we read online how camping chairs failed regularly sending their occupants tumbling backwards potentially hitting their heads on the ground so we decided it would be foolish to only wear our helmets while walking. Who wants to deal with a serious head injury because they were too lazy or fashion conscious to wear a helmet?
Note – the spare red helmet we kept on hand for anyone visiting out campsite. You gotta be safe if you want to hang with us!
We tried to tell the younger generation that they needed to wear a helmet as they were especially at risk with all their playing, but only a few listened…=-( That girl in pink is one slip away from being a vegetable for the rest of her life…*sigh*
One of our friends was a doubter at first. He felt the campground was perfectly safe and only wanted to wear his helmet when out kiteboarding.
But we didn’t give up. We read him stats from the internet and told him stories about people we had heard about who were involved in horrible campground walking and sitting accidents.
Eventually he came around! *big smiley face*
We asked this kid why he was wearing a life jacket in the campground and he was wise beyond his years….he said “…what if I trip and fall – breaking my ribs or puncturing a lung?…isn’t it smarter to eliminate that risk by wearing safety gear?…” We couldn’t argue with that! So we made a deal with him that we would all wear our life jackets in camp if he’d wear his helmet from the time he woke up until he went to bed.
What made us really sad was all the people who took the trouble to buy helmets, pack them and transport them up to the lake only to leave them laying about their campsites like they weren’t needed…=-( How many tragic camping chair accidents do we have to have before people start to get it through their head’s that this isn’t a joke??!!.=-(