Outdoor Safety Tips

Enjoy Snow Sports?
Check out this free avalanche course.

Click here to go to the AdventureSmart snow safety website page. There is lots of good information.

Always Carry The 10 Essentials

1. Flashlight, spare batteries and bulb

2. Firemaking kit – waterproof matches/lighter, firestarter/candle

3. Signaling device – whistle or mirror to signal searchers if you become lost

4. Extra food and water – 1 litre/person

5. Extra clothing (rain, wind, water protection and toque)

6. Navigational/ Communication Aids (maps, compass, GPS, charts, cellular phone, satellite phone, hand held radio – fully charged battery) – know how to use them

7. First Aid kit – know how to use it

8. Emergency shelter – orange tarp or large orange garbage bag. These can also be used as signaling devices

9. Pocket knife.

10. Sun protection (glasses, sunscreen, hat)

Please visit the AdventureSmart website.

Layer your clothing for the outdoors…
In our temperate climate the weather can change quickly, and the best way to be prepared is by always layering your clothing.

Good Footwear,
Starting with good footwear is essential. You should do some research to find out what footwear is ideal for the outdoor pursuit you are interested in.

Base layer,
The base layer helps move sweat and moister away from the skin, keeping you dryer and more comfortable. Use a natural or synthetic base layer, but avoid cotton or cotton blend base layers.

Mid layer,
The mid layer is the insulating layer. It should be made of a natural or synthetic fibre that holds its insulating properties even when wet. Once again avoid cotton.

Waterproof outer shell,
The outer shell protects you from the wind and the rain. Ideally the outer shell would be made of a waterproof breathable material. A waterproof breathable allows the moisture in the other layers to slowly dissipate, keeping you dryer and warmer.

Preparing For a Flood
If you live in an area that is prone to flooding we encourage you to ensure that you are ready. Please visit the “Get Prepared” website, offered by the Government of Canada, for information on preparing for floods, and other disasters. There is also the BC River Forecasting Centre, Advisories and Warnings webpage that has very useful information that you may be interested in if you live beside waterways that tend to flood.