Concussions, and cases of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), are on the rise. When you’re hunting, you may not be thinking about protecting your head, but it’s often when we’re focused on something else that we’re in the most danger.
Safety in your stand:
• Always use a climbing belt when going up or down.
• Never carry up equipment with you, haul it up after you get to the top.
• Once you’re in position, use a harness to secure yourself.
• Be sure to replace worn or weak lumber.
• Keep alert, don’t fall asleep.
• Carry a whistle or cellphone to call for help. It’s also good to have a first aid kit and flashlight.
When using a tree stand, your fall restraint system is your single most important piece of equipment. A full body harness is best. A rope or belt around the waist may feel secure, but they can be dangerous. A belt around the waist could twist a hunter in a fall so they land on their head, and the tightening of the belt can cause internal injuries.
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury:
• Loss of consciousness
• Dizziness or loss of balance
• Fatigue or drowsiness
• Feeling dazed or not remembering
• Nausea or vomiting
• Blurred vision or double vision