Personal safety in the countryside
Know where you are allowed to go
Most land is private property and access is only available with the goodwill and tolerance of the owner. Whilst most landowners do not object to recreational users on their land, some do. Always respect a landowner’s wishes.
Keep to paths across farmland
Help prevent damage to crops by walking around the edge of a field unless there is an existing path across it.
Avoid fields where there are animals, as your presence may cause them stress and endanger your own safety.
Use gates and stiles to cross fences, hedges and walls
When crossing fences, hedges and walls, use the nearest gate or stile. Damage to fencing can allow animals to stray. If you must climb a gate because it is difficult to open, always do this at the hinged end.
Do not interfere with livestock, machinery and crops
These are valuable commodities and should be left alone. Interference with animals and equipment may endanger you. Pay attention to warning signs as these are for your protection.
Keep dogs under control
Keep your dog on a lead when walking on roads or when close to farm animals. A dog can cause distress to animals and endanger you.
Keep your dog under control always so as not to disturb wildlife or annoy or frighten other visitors.
Guard against all risk of fire
The countryside is vulnerable to fire especially during dry weather. Accidental fires pose a great risk to farmers and foresters. Be careful to extinguish all used matches and cigarettes. Use a stove for cooking rather than a fire. Never throw cigarettes from a car window.
Take special care on country roads
Always drive carefully with reduced speed on country roads. Consider others when parking and avoid blocking entrances, gateways or other drivers’ visibility. Walkers should take special care on narrow country roads and if uncertain should walk in single file.
Consider your personal safety
If possible do not go alone. Wear suitable clothing and footwear as the weather can change very quickly. Don’t go if the weather conditions are beyond your experience.
How can I help in my village?
If you want to be able to help us in emergency situations, then become a Volunteer Community First Responder. You will be trained by SCAS to be able calmly and professionally to deal with medical emergencies, providing sometimes life-saving first aid to a patient in the crucial minutes before an ambulance arrives. Once the ambulance arrives, you will continue to support the SCAS staff treating the patient.
After attending an initial five-day training course (spread over several weekends and weekday evenings) and an annual 1 day refresher course, the commitment we ask of you is to make yourself available at least 20 hours each month. You can choose the times to fit around your other commitments and you ‘respond’ from home or perhaps your workplace.
We will provide you with all the training, equipment and support you need to do something amazing for your community: become a real lifesaver.