Tips to ensure safe adventures in fall
When hiking and camping this fall, it’s essential to make safety a priority. Here are four simple tips to help ensure a safe adventure:
Make sure you’re prepared for whatever Mother Nature has up her sleeve. Keep a portable radio on hand and be prepared to move to a nearby shelter to wait out a bad storm. If you’re heading to an isolated area, secure tents and tarps with durable rope and shock-absorbing tie-downs to help you withstand inclement weather.
Pack the right gear
Always bring a first aid kit that includes antiseptics for cuts and pain relievers. Remember that proper gear also includes the right clothes. Wear supportive footwear and always be prepared for changing weather or temperatures by layering and bringing a waterproof or windproof outer layer.
Practise fire safety
According to the Department of Public Safety, 55 per cent of all wildfires are caused by humans. Oftentimes, this is due to a campfire that wasn’t fully extinguished. Keep campfires low and away from brush. Tend to your fire at all times and ensure that it’s completely extinguished before leaving your campsite or retiring for the night. Pack a compact, lightweight extinguisher, just in case the campfire gets too large or unmanageable.
Play it safe
Always tell someone where you’re going, especially if you’re heading out alone. Buy a trail map, carry a compass and don't rely on your phone since, service may be spotty and drain your battery. In case you do take a detour, tote extra water and snacks.
Make safety a priority when you are out enjoying the sights and sounds of fall this season.