Wetlands Safety Guidelines
Please pay attention to some simple safety issues when visiting or conducting research at the wetlands.
- use PPE that includes long pants and sleeves when walking through vegetation and eye glasses or safety glasses
- wear appropriate footwear in terrestrial environments around wetland, including sturdy boots with ankle support if walking and/or working on uneven terrain
- while hiking, carry bulky equipment in a sturdy backpack attached to shoulders and waist
- be aware of poisonous plants (this means being able to identify and teach others)
- be aware of snakes (this means being able to identify and teach others)
- be aware of biting/stinging insects (especially chiggers and wasp/hornet nests)
- if walking in or near water, wear appropriate footwear, including boots that prevent slipping in mud and waders.
- be aware of rising water, e.g,, from the release of dams
- never walk without free hands
- use a walking stick if unsure of balance
- watch out for “widow makers” in the forest (low handing big branches that can impale)
- if you are alone, someone should know where you are at all times (i.e., someone should know when you are heading out and when you return)
- always have a phone with service
- know the UNCG police number 336-334-4444