The forest is not only indescribable beauty and clean air, but also a potentially dangerous place where children, old people, mushroom pickers are lost almost every day …

The main reason is that people do not know the area, they are poorly oriented between the trees. In addition, not everyone understands how to behave in the forest, therefore, in the literal sense of the word, they can die of cold and hunger literally a couple of kilometers from the village. To avoid something terrible, you need to know and follow the rules.

What to do in order not to get lost in the forest

Experts advise to prepare for each trip to the forest, and being outdoors, follow their recommendations.

How to prepare:

  • Dress wisely. Camouflage is not the best clothing for the forest, as are gray, black, navy blue suits. For children, choose something bright with reflective inserts. Even toddlers can run far ahead of adults and get lost.

  • Be sure to take phones with you, and with charged batteries. Power Bank will not hurt either. If a person is already lost, there is no need to call him constantly, discharging the gadget. It is more correct to contact the search teams: people there know how to get out of the forest by phone or (if a person has a fracture, severe fright), find him and bring him out.

  • If possible, connect the service of informing about the whereabouts of a person with a cellular operator. For example, in MegaFon, data is displayed in real time.

  • Collect the minimum survival kit, even if a person goes to the forest for half an hour. The set should contain matches, a knife, water, food, toilet paper, a whistle, and a bright garbage bag. The paper can be torn and hung on trees to understand whether you were already in that place or not. You can hide behind the package at night. You may also need mini heating pads or salt insoles from sports equipment stores.

  • Think over the route and inform loved ones about your plans. They should definitely know where you went and what time you want to return.

  • If possible, purchase a GPS tracker, and for children – a smart watch with GPS so that you can track their location.

What to do if you are already lost in the forest

Children should definitely know the safety rules:

  • Do not climb into thickets, rubble – you can get hurt, break an arm or a leg.

  • It is important to stay put. This is especially true for cases when the search party has already been contacted, describing their location to them. First of all, they will be looking for him.

  • In the forest, it is important to move along clearings, power lines, or at least paths. Children should not go to the marshes or the river. It is very important to show the kids what a swamp looks like, to tell them how dangerous it is.

  • Seeing a helicopter in the sky, it is better to go out into an open area and lie on the ground, starting to swing your arms and legs. A lying person is better visible than a standing person.

  • When you hear screams and noises, it is important to bang a stick on a stick or on a tree in response, and not shout. The sound from the sticks diverges much further than the voice. In the same way, you can scare away animals by hearing a rustle in the nearby bushes.

The child needs to be explained that it is undesirable to eat mushrooms, berries, so as not to get poisoned, however, as well as drink water from unfamiliar reservoirs. Climbing a tree is also not worth it. Firstly, you can fall and get hurt, and secondly, it still won’t help. At the same time, there is no need to be afraid of strangers who will shout out the child’s name. Most likely, these are rescuers and they are there specifically to find the lost.

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