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Safety when fishing

posted on 23 June 2007 | posted in Hints and Tips

ArticleSome essential information on angling safety
Just a few tips, not an exhaustive guide to safety
Remeber - be aware at all times of safety issues, the outdoor world can be dangerous, you must take responsibility for your own and others safety and well-being when undertaking any outdoor activity, especially those involving water - like fishing!

Take a friend.
Company when fishing makes it much more enjoyable and if one of you gets into difficulty the other can help (if safe) or raise the alarm.
Beware Electric cables
Always keep well clear of overhead cables. They could be carrying very high voltages - and you don't need to touch them, the electricity can 'jump' over surprisingly large gaps. (despite what some people think rubber wellies will NOT help) Do not pass electric cables tackled-up. Club rules specifically forbid fishing within 30 metres of any electric cable.
Beware Thunderstorms
NEVER fish in a thunderstorm. Lightning WILL kill you. Take shelter before the storm (NOT under a tree). If you are caught out in a storm ditch your gear - carbon fibre and metal attract lightning - and lie flat well away from it and trees and wire fences, wet and daft looking much better than dead! Don't use a boat if there's a chance of a storm and if you get caught afloat get ashore as quick as possible.
Learn to swim
You should be able to swim fully clothed, see your local swimming baths for courses.
Protect your eyes
Wear sunglasses or safety glasses or spectacles, this is particulary important when fly-fishing.
Keep warm.
Wear suitable clothes for the conditions. Keep a towel and spare clothes either in your car or with you in case of a dunking. Wear a hat in cold weather. Wear gloves. Carry a warm drink and 'energy' foods like chocolate.
Stay biteless(other than fish bites of course!)
Always use a good brand of insect repellent to keep the biting bugs at bay.
First Aid & Precautions
Carry a small first-aid kit with at least some plasters, antiseptic cream or spray and pain killing tablets. NEVER allow a cut, graze or wound to come into contact with untreated water - Weils disease is a killer and can get in through the tiniest break in the skin