Spending time in the great outdoors can be awe-inspiring yet challenging. With a little preparation and know-how, you can keep camping fun. For those who plan to flee their homes for the relaxation of a campground this summer, make safety a priority with these four simple tips.
Prepare for unpredictable weather. Inclement weather can arrive quickly and unexpectedly, so it’s a good idea to get oriented with the campsite when you arrive and keep a portable radio on hand. If expecting a storm, secure tents and tarps with durable rope and shock-absorbing tie-downs to help you withstand strong winds and be prepared to evacuate to a nearby shelter to wait out a really bad storm.
Pack the right gear. Be prepared for any weather or temperature by layering and bringing a waterproof or windproof outer layer. Always bring a first-aid kit that includes antiseptics for cuts, pain relievers and a snake-bite kit. When camping with a tent, don’t forget the rainfly.
Practice campfire safety. Build campfires in a pit or bare patch of dirt and keep them low and away from brush. Tend to your fire or grill at all times and ensure that it’s completely extinguished before leaving your campsite or retiring for the night.
Be prepared for an emergency by packing a compact, lightweight extinguishing device such as the First Alert EZ Fire Spray, which features a familiar spray-can design and gives users more control than conventional fire extinguishers.
Don’t go alone. Always tell someone where you’re going, especially if you choose to head out alone, so they’ll have a better chance of tracking you down if you get lost. Buy a trail map, carry a compass and whistle, and don’t rely on your phone since service may be spotty and drain your battery. If you do take a detour, tote extra water and snacks. Find more fire safety tips at firstalert.ca.
— News Canada