Archive for March 18th, 2013

State Parks: Outdoor Safety Tips

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Assisting a child put up a tent

Assisting a child put up a tent

This is Passport to Texas

It’s spring and folks are heading to state parks for outdoor fun. Our State Park Guide, Bryan Frazier, has tips to keep your family safe and comfy while outdoors.

58—A modest amount of common sense can really make that trip safe, enjoyable, and memorable so you’ll want to come back and do it again and again. Wear sunscreen, even in early spring; that old Texas sun can get pretty strong. Take extra precaution if you’re going to be around water. The warmer weather brings out all sorts of water critters like amphibians, snakes and turtles – and we want to take photos of them and observe them, but we don’t want to get too close. If you’re going to do paddling sports, check the water levels before you go. We’ve had drought in lots of areas. Check for burn bans before you go on your trip; a lot of people want that campfire experience, so check those burn bans. Spring is a great time for fishing, but make sure you take life jackets. There has to be a life jacket in a watercraft for everyone in the boat; children always have to wear theirs when they’re out on the water. So, keep these things in mind, and get outside and enjoy what spring is like in Texas.

Thanks, Bryan.

That’s our show for today…with funding provided by Chevrolet, supporting outdoor recreation in Texas; because there’s life to be done.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.