Field day is a time of excitement for everyone but take some time out to think about safety so that a fun afternoon does not turn into a painful experience.
These are a few ARRL recommended practices for a large gathering but they are still valid if you are just working from your home station or out in your yard. Make sure that:
- Fuel for generator properly stored.
- Fire extinguisher on hand and appropriately located.
- First Aid kit on hand. First Aid – CPR – AED trained participant/s on site.
- Access to NWS alerts to monitor for inclement weather.
- Tent stakes properly installed and marked.
- Temporary antenna structures properly secured and marked.
- Site secured from tripping hazards.
- Site is set up in a neat and orderly manner to reduce hazards.
- Stations and equipment properly grounded.
- Access to a means to contact police/fire/rescue.
- Minimize risks and control hazards to ensure no injuries to public.
- Monitoring participants for hydration and ensure an adequate water supply is available.
In addition since we are in Florida and it is summer:
- It is going to be hot – make sure you drink lots of water
- The sun is bright – If you are in the sun put on sunscreen
- Be wary of lightning – Disconnect your radios when it is close, or not so close
- There are going to be critters about – make sure you watch for pesky fire ants, mosquitos and other creepy crawlies