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Injury Prevention and Management
« on: July 24, 2018, 07:10:59 AM »
• Avoid flying by yourself in remote locations such as most r/c fields, back lakes,
etc. Always know where emergency help may be available.

• Let someone else know that you are out flying, including the time you left and
an anticipated return time, as well as your cellphone number.

• Keep a fully charged cell phone in your pocket - not at home or in the car!. This is
particularly important if you must fly by yourself.

• If you go out into the woods to search for an aircraft, let someone know where
you are going and the maximum time you expect to be gone. If there is no one
else around, leave a note on your car window with this information. When you
return, let the person know that you have returned. This is much like a Flight Plan
that the “real” pilots file.

• When preparing a glow or gas plane, tie it down or otherwise secure it. If
someone is helping you, make sure that both parties know what they are doing
and do not make any sudden, instinctive moves to correct a perceived engine

• When preparing, carrying or retrieving an electric aircraft, employ a positive
“throttle lockout” and/or disconnect the power source in the aircraft. Treat
electric-powered aircraft as you would a loaded firearm!

• A full bottle or thermos of fresh water should be part of your field kit at any time.
This can prevent dehydration at any time or to cleanse a cut, if necessary.

• Have access to a simple First Aid kit. Keep a kit or basic materials in your car or
flight box. Take a few minutes periodically to confirm that it is where you think it
is and that it contains some basic materials that you might want.

• Our most likely injury is a laceration due to a prop strike. If you have only one
item available in your kit, it should be a roll of gauze bandage.You have to stop
any bleeding! Everything else can wait.

• You may have to support the injury. Wrap an injured finger and then wrap it to an
adjacent one. For a hand or arm injury, wrap it and then support it in a sling or

• If the injury is serious enough to require immediate professional attention, do not
bother applying any antiseptic; the professionals will have to wash the injury anyway.

• Remember to replenish any items you used from the First Aid kit.

• Watch for shock! Even a minor cut may induce some degree of shock, whereby
you suddenly feel weak, dizzy and/or you may fall. For most injuries, sitting or
lying down and keeping warm and calm will overcome the feeling. Make your
helper aware of your symptoms.

• If you are seriously injured, do not try to drive yourself. Call for, and wait for,
help. There is at least one documented case whereby a modeler sustained a
significant hand injury, started to drive to the hospital, then passed out from
shock while driving and hit a tree. He died! This is where flying alone, especially
in a remote location, magnifies the potential post-injury hazard.

• Make sure someone else knows what has happened. If there is only the injured
person or one other, use a cell phone or neighbour's phone and contact someone else.
Ask them to come out and remain with your gear and the injured person's vehicle.
Update them periodically after you have reached medical assistance.

• When did you have your last tetanus shot? This is a deadly disease. Its cause can
be precisely the kind of conditions that you may have encountered at this
time. Tetanus shots should be renewed every (10?) years – ask your doctor what is
recommended. If this injury requires professional treatment, you should be asked
about your tetanus shots and you may be given one at that time.

• In the event of a major injury, you should call 911, rather than trying to transport
the person. The 4-digit KRCM field address is prominently posted on the bulletin board.
KRCM is quite close to Napanee Hospital. Not only is it closer than Kingston, there is
free parking right at the front door! Everyone should take a minute and learn its location
« Last Edit: July 24, 2018, 07:13:04 AM by Deerslayer »
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