If you are currently playing in a volcano-based sport, you should already be aware of the many safety concerns that are pertinent to the game. No one wants to be caught unaware of these things, but we all know they are around us every day. For the most part, we can rely on our team to be on top of these things, but it is wise to always be aware of any changes or issues, and to get these facts on the ground before your next game. While the basics of volcano safety may seem like common sense, there are still some things that you should know about.
Always stay above the volcano itself, which is a general rule. This means that you should never be near the surface of the volcano. In addition, you should never touch the volcanic rocks themselves, and you should never attempt to climb the volcano’s sides. If you see something that looks like it could be dangerous to you, back away from it as quickly as possible. If you find yourself on the volcano, get off the side immediately, and get out of the area immediately.
A hazard is anything that may be dangerous to you or to others that is out of place. This includes rocks, water, and lava. Risks that can occur include loss of control or falling into an unknown area. Anything that is found out of place on the volcano, no matter how small, should be reported to a ranger. These hazards will cause a possible risk for disaster.
When new lava tubes are created, they are known as open huts. These open huts will often have lava pouring out of them, creating a large amount of lava. The huts are usually not inhabited, and many times, there are also many animals living in the huts. There is a possibility that these animals may be harmed by the newly formed lava tubes.
Lava is warm and sticky, and if you are even so much as ten feet away from it, you can become a victim of burns. This is especially dangerous when standing near the lava because the heat from the lava may cook you. Many people who have been struck by lava, including children, have died. So, it is recommended that you stay away from it.
Open fires are absolutely forbidden on a volcano. Even if you feel it is okay, please avoid it. It is incredibly easy to light a fire, even in a very small area, and so, the risk of spreading it is extreme.
Experiments or scientific activities are not allowed on a volcano. This includes scientific field trips, research, and experiments in the field. There are many other ways to do research without taking the risk of possible harm and there are many more instances in which being away from a volcano for extended periods of time would be unsafe, such as during an eruption or during dry weather.
These are just a few of the many volcano safety tips. Always check with the club to make sure their safety protocols are followed, as the minute a new person joins, the rules need to be enforced, in order to avoid injury and possible accidents.