National parks are designated areas by a national government that carry with the some unique beauty that may include fragile ecosystems, wildlife, history, geographical features among many others that needs to be conserved to educate the public about them. National parks mostly open to public and are frequented by all sorts of people from within the host nation and from other nations and thus act as tourist attractions. The tourists who visit these parks both local and foreign are not always well acquainted with all the surroundings and so guidance is always needed to assist them traverse the parks alone or being guided smoothly without lots of cases of people getting lost.
Any place that is frequented by different and many people are prone to both natural and mostly manmade disasters and wildfires are not an exemption especially in these attractions called parks that will mostly promote activities like camping. Fire can break from simple accidents or out of a cooking stove while camping or from wrongly discarded cigarette butts because not everyone follows rules as it is supposed to be.
Safety measures in National Parks
All park’s authorities are however aware of these dangers and the risks they might pose to the surroundings from destroying entire ecosystems, destroying bordering neighbourhood homes to lose of life of both wildlife and animals. Safety measures are therefore put in place to prevent these accidents or to control the damage if they happen.
The principle goal to this safety measures should always be mostly focused on saving human life even though the rest is important as well. These measures may include;- Providing communities bordering the parks as well as visitors with relevant awareness and information to prevent these accidents from happening and life saving tips if they happen.
– Ensuring that the parks have alarm response units that are capable and fully equipped to handle any sorts of challenges and dangers threatening human life. The personnel and equipments involved should include an experienced fire fighting team and machinery required.
– Another measure is that of ensuring that all trails traversing the parks have bushes and thickets alongside them cleared providing enough clearance in case of fires and rescue operations. Clearing them will also make them act like barriers to spreading fires.
– The trails should also have guiding directional signs showing direction and distance to different features in the parks as well as convenient escape routes. Among these signs, fire exit signs directing people to save exits and safe spots should be included to save lives.
These are just a few of the safety measure that parks authorities should consider to save lives among many more.
Visitors to national parks should also have some basic tips while planning their outdoor activities to make them more safe and enjoyable. These safety tips include;
– Knowing how the weather is like and if sudden changes to it are expected.
– Acquiring maps of the national parks they want to visit and familiarising themselves with it before getting there and marking designated safe zones and other areas of interest and importance. This would really count on instances of disasters like flooding and fire because one would have familiarised with the place and could use both the map and follow the fire exit signs to safety.