The Importance of Staying Hydrated

Summer is here and what better time to get active outside?

Don’t forget to stay hydrated while enjoying the great outdoors, or even at work if your job entails working outside.

Here is a great read on hydration.

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Staying hydrated in the summer heat

Summer is here and so is the heat, here is some great information on how to stay hydrated and the importance of drinking enough fluids.

Keep busy this summer while exploring Saskatchewan

Summer is here and school is out, we thought this week we would provide some great ideas on how to keep the kids busy this summer while exploring our amazing province.

Here is a great list of things to do in Saskatchewan:

Backpacking / Camping Safety tips

Alot of planning goes into selecting the right camping gear and campground before you sleep under the stars. Before your next outdoor adventure you might want a quick refresher in campsite basics such as fire building and food prep safety.

Don’t forget the basics. Must-bring items for camping include a first-aid kit, compass and maps, and emergency equipment. It may be tempting to leave behind these essential, but seemingly boring basics, especially when trying to slim down your backpack weight. But even after minor trouble on the trail, you may find yourself wishing for the bug spray or band aids you left behind.

Tell someone where you are going. In case of an emergency people can only help — if they know where you are. Leave behind a detailed copy of your travel plans, so friends or family can follow-up with you to ensure you get home on time.

Check on campground’s pet policy. Before bringing along your 4-legged friend, don’t forget this step. While most provincial parks do not welcome pets, there are some private campgrounds require a small fee. If you do bring your dog along, pack a leash, tether, a collapsible water bowl and plenty of food.

Arrive before the sun sets. Pitching a tent much less setting up camp in the dark can be complicated even for veteran campers. Getting a jump start ensures you can explore your immediate surroundings and build a campfire for food and warmth while you have some daylight.

Follow local fire safety bans. To keep you and your natural surroundings safe from fast-moving fire, fire safety protocol is a must. Check on local campfire status to ensure that there are no fire bans on. Be sure you know how to build a fire properly including  building a fire if the site doesn’t have a contained fire ring. Resist the urge to pile on the firewood rather maintain a small and controllable fire; have some water nearby in case of sparks flying and to extinguish the fire at the end of the night, soak, stir, soak again and make sure the fire is completely out before turning in for the night.

Plan some variety.  Beans for breakfast, lunch and dinner?  You might be bored with the same meal the whole trip. With some planning and the right equipment, you can get creative with campfire cooking. Whip up eggs and pancakes in a cast iron skillet, and prepare fish (even better if it’s freshly caught!) steamed with potatoes and vegetables in a foil packet. Make sure you store your food correctly, you dont want anything to spoil and make everyone sick.

Don’t leave food unattended. Your campsite should be tidied up before you go hiking for the day or go to sleep. Follow posted signs or ask the camp ranger or campground attendant about proper food safety storage to avoid unwanted animal encounters. Some campgrounds provide bear lockers to store your food during your stay.

Leave your campsite as you found it. Communing with nature is great, so is being ecologically mindful. The most important way you can help is to leave with everything you came with, especially all your trash. Also bring along an extra trash bag to collect any litter left behind by less-considerate campers.

Remember, you’re not likely to encounter a 24-hour convenience store along the path to your campsite. Taking some time to organize and plan will make your time on the trail more pleasant. So be prepared and enjoy your hike and or camping trip.

Wildfire Protection

Find out what you can do to prevent and prepare for wildfire, and protect your home and community.

Here is a list of strategies from the province of Saskatchewan on how to prepare your home, business, farm or cabin from wildfires.

Is your home safe when you go on vacation?

For many people, summer means vacation and a vacation can mean leaving your home for a longer period of time than usual.

Many people who go on vacation wonder if their house will be safe while they are away. When you go on vacation, the last thing you want is a phone call telling you that your house was robbed- or even worse- coming back from vacation and discovering damage and loss. Here are some tips for securing your home.

  • Before you leave, check every door and window to make sure that everything is locked and sealed, including your garage door, shed, and basement windows. Also, make sure that you have no spare keys lying around that are “hidden” under a mat or under a rock. Burglars know where to look and a key gives them easy access. If you have a sliding window or door, put a piece of wood or a long metal rod on the track so that it can’t be pushed open.
  • Set timers on lights outside of your house. The darker it is outside your house, the more appealing it is going to be for burglars because they cannot be seen. Also, timers help give the impression that someone is home.
  • Make sure that your newspapers and mail are picked up or put on hold. If papers and mail are piled up outside your house, it is obvious that someone has not been home for a while.
  • Leave some blinds or drapes open. If your house is completely closed off, it is going to look like no one is there. If you make it appear more normal, it is less obvious that you are away.
  • Arrange to have a trusted family member, neighbour or friend to check on your home. Even if it means having them going into the house to water the plants, they can take a peek around to make sure that everything is okay.
  • Going on a vacation is an excellent reminder to ensure you have an updated inventory of household goods which may include appliances, jewellery, firearms, and other valued items.
  • If you have any cash, jewellery, or any other valuables in your home, take them out and put them in a safety deposit box. It costs money for this service, but it is far better than if someone were to break into your home and find your valuables.
  • If you are a firearms owner, please ensure you secure and store all firearms in accordance with the Firearms Act and Regulations.
  • Set timers on electronics inside your house. Put one on a lamp or even a radio. If someone is watching your home and sees that there is no activity going on inside your house, it is a clear indicator that you are not home.
  • Make sure that your home security system is on. Don’t forget to tell your friend or family member the code so that they do not set off the alarm when they check on your home.

A vacation is supposed to be a relaxing time. There is no reason why you should have to spend time worrying about the safety of your home, as long as you make sure to take the necessary precautions.

Assess — Then Address

Assessing your home’s security is an important initial step in crime prevention. Essentially, your home should look protected, well-maintained and appear to be occupied at all times. Visit the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation website and complete their checklist, most homeowners will find that there are many areas requiring attention.

This tip has been brought to you by Public Safety Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, with information from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

The Importance of knowing how to use a Fire Extinguisher

If a fire starts, it can be small enough to put out quickly if you have the right portable fire extinguisher and if you know how properly use it and when to use it.  Just having fire extinguishers in a building will not improve its fire safety unless occupants are properly trained to use them.  It is important that employees go thru appropriate training designed for the building they are in.

An proper training program should cover more than the basics of how to operate a fire extinguisher,  It should build confidence in the trainees to identify sources of fire within the building as well as help them to decide how to deal with a fire situation if it were to occur.

Trinity Safety and Training offers a complete Fire Extinguisher course with a live simulator to ensure that each student feels confident in using a fire extinguisher if the need were to arise.

For more information and to sign up for the next class, follow this link

Hiking Safety

Prevention of  Hiking Injuries

There are a number of common injures while hiking on the trails that can be easily avoided:

  • Sprained or Twisted Ankles. Uneven terrain can surprise you, leading to ankle damage. Wearing proper shoes and being aware of the trail can prevent these injuries, watch your step!
  • Minor Injuries. Scratches and scrapes can happen while off the beaten path. Have a basic first aid kit, and make sure it includes things like antiseptic wipes and bandages.
  • Insect or Wildlife Related Injuries. Insects and wildlife are a part of the great outdoors, be sure to wear bug spray and try to avoid irritating any wild animals while you’re hiking. If injuries happen, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Back Injuries can happen if you have an improperly balanced backpack or one that is too heavy. Which can lead to back pain and injury. Walking hunched over because your pack is too heavy can contribute to spine issues. Try to spread the load between all the hikers, or, if that isn’t an option only take what you really need for the hike.

Be safe, have fun and remember to stop and enjoy your surroundings from time to time.

Trailer Safety Video

Here is a eye opening video on the importance of hooking up a trailer properly and the importance of driving safely with a trailer in tow.