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Know The Risk: Tips For Outdoor Safety

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ERIE- There is nothing like the great outdoors in the summertime. From trips to the pool to camping excursions--- oh what fun. But, in an instance, it could turn into a nightmare.

"Unless you know the hazards that are present, unfortunately that beauty can turn deadly," Lawrence Park Fire Chief Joe Crotty says.

It was a close call for a 20 year-old man who fell nearly 40 feet into a creek bed at the Wintergreen gorge on Saturday.

He was taken to UPMC Hamot, only suffering from seizures, but rescue crews say it’s a call they receive far too often.

"Certainly some of these attractions are beautiful but you have to be prepared and you have to be aware of the different hazards associated with the different environments that you're in," Crotty adds.

Stationed 10 minutes from the gorge, Crotty says the trend is inevitable.

"People are getting out and they're moving more. When they get out and move more, that increases risk."

A tip to always live by: Have someone join you when you set out to explore.

"I recommend if you are going to go out, let someone know," experienced climber Shon Rowser says.

Another tip, keep a pulse on the weather. A flash flood left several campers trapped by rising waters near the gorge last year

"If you have a backpack on you, worst case scenario, you did slip, and you fell, at least you can have something to eat or some water."

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