Suggested Safety Precautions

2013 Photo Contest

Suggested Safety Precaution Considerations

Rural and Critical Lands Program (“RCLP”) Annual Calendar Photo Contestants wishing to enter any designated Beaufort County property purchased under RCLP must submit the “Consent to Participate and Release of Liability form PRIOR TO entry on any such property.  Further, contestants should carry with them a copy of the Release whenever entering such property for the purposes of photography to be submitted in the Annual County Calendar Photo Contest.

Considering the remoteness and conditions of some RCLP properties, please take extra precautions near any bodies of water.  Also, beware of poisonous plants, unseen holes, stumps, snakes, ticks, chiggers/redbugs, and other hazards.

Below are basic suggested safety precaution considerations for Contestants.  Remember that you are responsible for your safety.

  1. Know where you are going, tell someone else and/or take someone with you.  Make sure to detail where you will be, the route you plan to take, and your expected departure and return times.  Consult the County’s website for site GPS coordinates, maps and directions.
  2. Carry a fully-charged cell phone or other device capable of reaching emergency personnel (911).  Although cell phones do not work everywhere due to lack of service coverage in all areas by some providers, they have helped save lives in emergency situations.
  3. Pay attention to your surroundings.  It is easy to become distracted while shooting.  Observe not only potentially dangerous site conditions, but also any suspicious people and/or circumstances.
  4. Dress appropriately.  Wear long-sleeve shirts, pants, socks, and closed-toe shoes.  On very sunny days, consider light-colored clothing.  You may also want to consider a brightly colored clothing item such as red or orange that can be easily detectable in dense areas.  In wooded areas, wear a brimmed hat.
  5. Provision for emergencies.  Carry plenty of water and/or electrolyte-boosting beverages to prevent dehydration.  If visiting a very remote area, consider a small blanket, flashlight, compass, matches, signal flare, and first-aid kit.
  6. Keep photo identification on your person (i.e. driver’s license or military ID).
  7. When parking your vehicle, lock all doors and keep valuables hidden. 
  8. Make sure your gas tank is full.  Some sites are very remote.  Double-check your gas gauge prior to leaving main roads.