(NC)—Enjoying the beauty nature has to offer is what camping is all about. It's important to remember, however, that you must take precautions to ensure you and your loved ones are kept safe while exploring the great outdoors.
Canadian Tire offers safety tips to Canadians heading out into the woods this summer:
• Check the weather in advance of your trip to be aware of any hazardous conditions, like heavy rain or thunder and lightning storms.
• Always bring a first-aid kit. Stock it with bandages, iodine, burn ointment and alcohol pads so that you're prepared for any cuts, scrapes and burns that may happen around the campsite.
• Check in with the park ranger or campground office about any potential hazards at the campsite, like bears, campfire bans and poison ivy.
• Practice proper food safety by investing in a quality cooler, like Coleman's 25 Qt Party Stacker Cooler, to keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot.
• Only use designated swimming areas and always supervise children in the water. Check to see if there's a lifeguard on duty and swim where the lifeguard can see you.
• Pack lots of sunscreen and apply it even on overcast days. Remember to reapply after swimming.
• Invest in gear with emergency features – just in case. Coleman's 4AA Pack-Away Lantern includes an emergency strobe setting and is ideal for walking around the campsite after dark.
More information can be found online at www.canadiantire.ca/camping
Source: News Canada