Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife staff will be hosting a tree stand safety and Full Body Safety Harness (FBSH) demonstration on October 31st at 12:30, at the District One Office located at 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus Ohio 43215.

On hand will be Dr. Charles H. Cook, MD, FACS, FCCM of The Ohio State University. Dr. Cook is The Ohio State University’s Associate Professor of Surgery and Medical Director of their Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Cook will be available to answer any questions attendees may have related to the injuries that someone may sustain from a fall from a tree stand.

In Ohio, hunters every year are seriously injured and killed from tree stand falls. About one in every three hunters will experience a fall from a tree stand in their hunting career.

Here are a few tips to help prevent accidents this hunting season.

  • Always use a FBSH and read manufacturer instructions before use.
  • Before using your FSBH in the field, practice using it at ground level.
  • Always use a climbing safety strap.  Most accidents occur when climbing up or down from a tree stand.
  • Never climb with anything in your hands.  Always use a haul line to raise and lower your equipment.

For more safety tips visit the Division of Wildlife’s Tree Stand Safety page or to check your knowledge of tree stand safety take a free, online Tree Stand Safety Course from The Treestand Manufacturer’s Association (TMA).

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all.  Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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