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Vital Safety Tips for Outdoor Painters

Vital Safety Tips for Outdoor Painters

Fine Art Tips | Lori McNee


Map, pocket knife, flashlight, warm clothing, hat, rain jacket, water, cell phone, high energy food, water proof matches, candle and empty tin can (for heat), water purification tablets, pepper spray or bear spray, whistle, snow shovel (for winter painting), tow rope, blanket.


Watch the local weather report and be prepared! When thunder roars, go indoors!

What to do if you are caught in a lightning or thunderstorm:

• If you are caught above the tree line when a storm approaches, descend quickly.

• Avoid isolated trees – it is better to run into a forest.

• Try and find a ditch.

• Run into a forest if a shelter or car is not nearby.

• Drop metal objects like umbrellas, easels, tripods and packs with internal or external metal frames.

• Get off bicycles, motorcycles, and horses. Avoid metal fences, utility poles and metal bleachers.

• If you are caught in an open field, seek a low spot.

• Crouch with your feet together and head low.

• Don’t sit or lie down, because these positions provide much more contact with the ground, providing a wider path for lightning to follow.

• If you are with a group and the threat of lightning is high, spread out at least 15 feet apart to minimize the chance of everybody getting hit.

• Don’t return to an open area too soon. People have been struck by lightning near the end of a storm, which is still a dangerous time.

• Get off lakes or rivers and seek shelter when storms approach.

• Once on land, get at least 100 yards away from shore.

• If someone is struck: People who have been hit by lightning carry no electric charge and can be safely tended to. Also, victims who appear dead can often be revived. If the person is not breathing, begin mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. But if a pulse is absent as well and you know cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), begin CPR. Stay with the victim until help arrives.


• A person may develop hypothermia when the outside temperature is around 50 degrees or is cold, damp and windy. Hypothermia occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce it.

• Wet clothing from perspiration, dew, humidity or rain puts you at risk in cold weather.

• Wind lowers your body temperatures as it evaporates moisture from your body and draws heat from the body.

• Dressing properly and avoiding potentially dangerous weather conditions can prevent hypothermia.

• High-calorie foods, including chocolate, dried fruits and raisins provide quick energy that helps produce body heat.


Hornets, bees, wasps, and yellow jackets can be a problem for painters. Avoid attracting stinging insects by wearing light-colored clothing and avoiding perfumes or colognes. Should such an insect approach, do not wave wildly and swat blindly, instead use a gentle pushing or brushing motion to deter them.

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