June brings us both beautiful weather and a reminder to stay safe, so we're ringing in National Safety Month with some quick outdoor safety tips, covering everything from boating to bear attacks.
Have a noise-making device to call for attention in an emergency
Whether you're boating, hiking or simply hanging out on your patio, it's important to be able to call for help. SABRE's new Sport & Safety Horn is audible up to 1/2 mile (804M) away, and sounds at just the push of a button. Not only will this horn enable you to attract help in an emergency, it also helps prevent you from startling wildlife through periodic blasts.
Be present engaged with your surroundings
Regularly scanning the area keeps you aware of what's going on around you - plus, it allows you to admire all that Mother Nature has to offer. In addition to keeping a lookout, you should also keep any music to a low volume.
Know the area
Do a quick Google search on the area you're exploring. What wild animals inhabit that area? What will the weather be like? How about crime? Then, plan your attire, schedule and gear around the information you get. Speaking of gear...
Imagine you stumble upon a bear, and it feels threatened and starts to charge. Do you know what to do? Well, it's certainly important to have the right tool on hand. Bear spray is successful in 90% of bear-human conflicts, whereas firearms result in human injury 50% of the time. That's partly because bears charge at an alarming rate of up to 50 feet per second - that's a fast-moving target to precisely hit with a gun. On the other hand, bear spray covers more ground with its heavy fog delivery, requiring less accuracy than a firearm. Wondering which bear spray to choose? Here's some help.
Warm up before exercising
When it comes to exercise, doing too much too fast comes with safety risks. Warm up your muscles beforehand, and pace yourself appropriately to avoid fainting or other medical emergencies. Of course, you should always have your personal alarm on hand in case you get injured.
Where are you exploring this National Safety Month?