Community News

Monday, August 20, 2012

Planning an outdoor trip this fall? Stay safe with these tips

Are you thinking about taking an outdoor adventure this fall? If so, it’s probably a good idea to plan ahead. While the outdoors can be fun and exciting, Search and Rescue Manitoba (SARMAN) recently reminded Manitobans that one wrong turn or accidental fall can turn an outdoor adventure into a nightmarish ordeal.
SARMAN recommends the following tips before any outdoor adventures:
·         be prepared for anything when travelling outdoors;
·         check weather forecasts;
·         always travel with a friend;
·         complete a trip plan and share it with someone so they know when you'll be back;
·         learn to use a compass and map; and
·         stay sober.
In addition to those tips, SARMAN suggests always travel with safety equipment such as:
·         a flashlight and extra batteries;
·         extra food and water;
·         warm clothing, proper footwear and rain gear;
·         a first-aid kit, sun protection and bug spray;
·         a pocket knife and large orange plastic bag;
·         a whistle and waterproof matches;
·         a tarp; and
·         a signaling device.
By taking these precautions, you can have a safe and enjoyable time in Manitoba’s fantastic outdoors.

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