Tips to en­sure safe ad­ven­tures in fall

South Shore Breaker - - SPORTS - CON­TRIB­UTED edi­tor@southshore­breaker.ca

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:

Be pre­pared

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.

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Make safety a pri­or­ity when you are out en­joy­ing the sights and sounds of fall this sea­son.

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