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Player Safety Safety and Treatment

#1 User is offline   curtsenn 

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 07:54 PM

As we all know, no woods is 100% safe. There are very many things that can make paintball play dangerous. I have prepared a list of precautions and safety measures that you should check on.

If you feel that I should include information please post the problem and I will research it and add it to the list!

Poison Ivy
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Poison Ivy is a green plant characterized by its three leave branches, Ivy will always have three (3) leaves per cluster and is usually found growing up the sides of trees and growing in large patches.

Treatment:
-Cleanse exposed areas with rubbing alcohol.
-Wash the exposed areas with water only no soap
-Take a shower with soap and warm water.
-Rub on calamine lotion to keep the skin dry

Poison Oak
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Poison Oak is almost the same as poison ivy. The only difference is the appearance. Poison oak is characterized by large wavy leaves that usually grow 7-13 leaves per branch.

Treatment:
-Cleanse exposed areas with rubbing alcohol.
-Wash the exposed areas with water only no soap
-Take a shower with soap and warm water.
-Rub on calamine lotion to keep the skin dry

Bees/Hornets/Wasps Nests
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All of you should know what a bee/hornet/wasp nest looks like so I will skip right to the treatment and removal of stinging insects.

Removing an above ground nest:
-The best time to kill a family of stinging insects is early morning or late evening.
-NEVER STAND BELOW THE NEST!!
-Stand at an angle to the nest because the insects will fall straight down after sprayed.
-Coat the entire nest with spray.
-On the next day, check the nest to make sure it is dead.
-Knock down with caution. Chances are that all the bees were not on the nest when it was sprayed, so watch out for any living.

Broken/Falling Trees
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Not so serious, but needed. Any tree, trunk, branches or limbs that are split or hanging should be cut down and/or cleaned up. Removal is simple, just have an adult use a chainsaw and saw them down.

Animals

There are a lot of animals that live in the woods. Even though it may be rare to see an animal, it still happens. Keep your eyes open for wild creatures and DO NOT BE AFRAID TO CALL FOR HELP! Animals are not always shy or scared of you and can attack. If you do come across an animal move away from it even if it involves giving away your position. You health is more important that winning.

Please feel free to post information that you think should be listed here!

This post has been edited by curtsenn: 04 October 2006 - 10:05 PM

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 08:03 PM

For Poison oak and Ivy, you should include use of calamine lotion...good stuff it bez.

Ticks, cover yourselfs people, or risk the possability of having ticks on you.

Mosquitoes, sorry westnile is still around, bust out the bug-spray!
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Posted 07 September 2006 - 08:04 PM

Small holes you can step in and injure an ankle. Exposed roots you can trip on. Old barbed wire. Small stumps-I dove to the ground and landed on a 4" tall- 2" diameter stump. Very bad-took a month to get over it and still have a dent in my leg. I didn't see it because it was covered by foliage. :P Poison Ivy-Good cure Band Aid Brand Itch Gel-it's clear and comes in a clear tube.

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 08:04 PM

For poison ivy, I believe if you pour vodka on it right after touching it, it greatly reduces the rash. Don't quote me on that, I think I heard it on Mythbusters or some other show like that.

Good write up. It's info everyone should know.
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Posted 08 September 2006 - 04:37 AM

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For poison ivy, I believe if you pour vodka on it right after touching it, it greatly reduces the rash.


As if I needed another reason to love Vodka.

I second the old barbed wire I once ran into some while running and it tripped me and wrapped around my ankle it cut so deep I thought I was going to lose my foot. That wasn't even playing paintball just a childhood spent growing up in the country.
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Posted 08 September 2006 - 05:04 AM

The band aid itch gel works great on mosquitoe bites too. My neighbour demoed her knee pretty bad on a small stump while sliding into a bunker so definitely watch out for those. Aaahhh Vodka! Is there nothing it can't cure.
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Posted 04 October 2006 - 10:04 PM

Updated!
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Posted 04 October 2006 - 10:19 PM

View PostJackson, on Sep 7 2006, 08:04 PM, said:

For poison ivy, I believe if you pour vodka on it right after touching it, it greatly reduces the rash. Don't quote me on that, I think I heard it on Mythbusters or some other show like that.

Good write up. It's info everyone should know.

What!? And waste perfectly good vodka! Jk lol.
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Posted 05 October 2006 - 12:29 AM

View PostJackson, on Sep 7 2006, 10:04 PM, said:

For poison ivy, I believe if you pour vodka on it right after touching it, it greatly reduces the rash. Don't quote me on that, I think I heard it on Mythbusters or some other show like that.

Good write up. It's info everyone should know.



unless you live in a place that has open container laws, would be very risky transporting a bottle of rot gut to and from the feild


"honeslty officer. i didnt drink half the bottle. its for paintball to umm...relive poison ivy hurt. really"

i think that myth was busted though


i would suggest buying some insect sting relief, as well as ones for snakes and posion oak/ivy/sumac. there really helpful at reliving the pain

also if you run into wild animals please dont shoot at them unless its SERIOUSLY absolutly nessicary.

slowly back up and away from the animal but dont shoot at it unless its actualy trying to attack you. a snake coiling up and rattling its tail or a wild dog growling and baring there teeth is not attacking, thats defensive telling you to stay the **** away! if you shoot it you are more than likely to provoke it into actualy attacking

if possible have a simple but good medic kit. a first aid kit is just as handy as marker tools for repair


and last but certainly not lease CELL PHONE. always bring one...no madder what feild you go to someone is bound to have one but if they dont be glad you got yours

if anything ever happens you will be glad you have it. 911 is your friend, you even see the slightest bit of danger to ones health get a ambulance out there quick


oh also. on the note of incect stings or posion oak/ivy. people can have severe alergic reactions. more so than just your normal sting, bump rise and you itch for a few days. people can die from a bee sting

if someone is stung have them sit out a day in a cool shady area. ask them if they are alergic, if they are call paramedics. watch them if they seem to show any signs of going unconscious or shock call an ambulance, even if they said there not alergic they may not know they are or they dont want others to know. sit out a game with them and keep an eye on them. if there cool to play let em but still have a buddy play with them and keep an eye on them

remember. heat and heavy physical activitys greatly increase the effects of posion, both of which you do in paintball so if you dont think you can play dont play anymore. its better to miss a day of paintball than pass out on the feild and find yourself in a hospital

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 02:38 AM

If you are playing outlaw in an area that is known to be frequented by bears, rattlesnakes or other dangerous wildlife, I recommend at least one trusted person, who is of legal age, carry a firearm in their vehicle. It's a good idea in case of a real emergency. Just don't be stupid about it and be messing around with it; unless there's an emergency, it should stay safely in its padded sleeve. I always carry a firearm any time I go out of town. It is just common sense.

Electric fences: Some agricultural areas have electric fences. Stay FAR away from them. Enough said.

Open Range: Any time you are driving through an open range area, be on the lookout for stray cows on the road. Slow down any time you come over a rise or go around a blind turn. Hitting a cow will ruin your day and possibly total your car, at best, and kill you at worst.

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 01:06 PM

Water.
If the water is fast moving or comes above your waist do not enter it.
-Fast moving water (forgot how high) But like waist high. Can sweep you away.
-Deep water. You usually cannot see the bottom where you are stepping. And unless you know the water you dont know whats down there.

I realize that most people wont go in water anyway. But for the few that do becareful.

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Post icon  Posted 03 December 2006 - 09:21 AM

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Small holes you can step in and injure an ankle. Exposed roots you can trip on. Old barbed wire. Small stumps-I dove to the ground and landed on a 4" tall- 2" diameter stump. Very bad-took a month to get over it and still have a dent in my leg. I didn't see it because it was covered by foliage.


I think this is a paintballer's biggest concern, next to playing without a mask or BBD.




I can't tell you how many times I've fell on my face because of a hole or root I couldn't see. Not to mention the one and only time I ever sprained my ankle, I stepped in a hole while running during a paintball game.

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 10:59 AM

we had one guy lie down on a bees nest. Some types also make nests in the ground, so check your area before setting up. There might be more than bees in there.
Check this site if you are in a brown recluse spider area.
http://ohioline.osu..../2000/2061.html
and when it says seek medical attention immediately, do it. The ulcer formed from it's bite may take several months to heal and leave scarring.
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Posted 03 December 2006 - 10:42 PM

i didnt read it cause im lazy but dont forget cactus. it is a concern to a bunch of people. both local fields (1 outlaw) have cacti. and one of them is even way up in the mountains.

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 09:31 AM

It was good to see trees listed here as a potential hazard..

Believe it or not,dozens of campers and outdoorsmen are killed every year by falling trees or falling tree limbs.


Always be aware of your surroundings.
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