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On the LakeYes, it's hard to believe that July is past and August is here. Matthew has been having a blast at the lake this summer.

Sheila and I have been busy entertaining family and friends and enjoying the experience.

With summer comes camping, so I thought I'd share a few camping safety tips. Please feel free to share these with family and friends.

As always, thanks for choosing Heritage Insurance. Enjoy the rest of the summer and please be safe out there.

-Greg, Sheila, Matthew & Taco

Camping Safety Tips

Around the campsite:

  • Act and drink responsibly in a camping or hiking activity.
  • Arrive at the campsite with enough daylight to properly set up and check for hazards.
  • Hazards include: broken glass, sharp objects, poison ivy, bee hives, ants, etc.
  • Choose a site of appropriate size to have enough room for your equipment.
  • Clean your campsite regularly and properly dispose of all trash and recycling in order to prevent attracting wildlife.

Campfire Safety:

  • Do not start a fire using flammable liquids; use paper or kindling instead.
  • Build fires outdoors only. Light barbecues and grills on sand or within an approved campfire area. Keep flammable material at least two metres away.
  • Be sure to have an appropriate clearing for the fire and never leave the fire unattended.
  • Properly put out your fire and stay until the ashes are cool to the touch.
  • Keep children away from the fire and explain the hazards of a fire to your camping party.
  • Never place your hands into the fire to rearrange the wood. Use a long, smooth stick instead.
  • Keep fire fighting equipment near the fire (e.g. shovels, bowl/pail of water, sand, etc.).

Wildlife Safety:

  • Never approach wild animals.
  • Never leave food out. Place food in sealed containers and place in a locked environment (e.g. a car or hanging from a tree downwind of the campsite).
  • Do not eat unfamiliar vegetation.
  • Do not drink unfamiliar water. Use water purifiers and/or boil water when using unknown water sources.

Hiking:

  • Never hike alone! Always travel with a companion and tell others where you are going
  • Follow marked trails and carry maps and orientation equipment if in an unfamiliar region.
  • Take proper care in protecting against exposure to the heat, the cold, dehydration, and insects. This can be done by carrying water, dressing appropriately, and using sunscreen and insect repellents.
  • Never overload yourself with equipment. Carry only the necessities and make sure that you don't have too much in your pack.
  • Wear appropriate footwear (e.g. hiking boots).
  • Avoid alcohol, especially on unfamiliar or rough terrain.
Don't forget insurance protection as well. Call Heritage Insurance at (306) 693-7640 for more information on Moose Jaw home insurance.
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