Safety While Hiking: Enjoying Your Time Outdoors

The Hiker Responsibility Code is a set of principles that all hikers can look to before they hit the trail. Similar to the Skier’s Responsibility Code endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association, the Hiker Responsibility Code was created to help hikers become more self aware about their responsibility for their own safety every time they are on a hike. It also acknowledges the inherent danger of hiking in the backcountry, and encourages hikers to be better prepared every time they are on the trail. The Hiker Responsibility Code was developed and is endorsed by the White Mountain National Forest and New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Tips To Stay Safe on Your Next Camping Trip

Camping is a fun way to get family and friends together to enjoy the outdoors. Follow these tips and use the packing checklist to help ensure your camping trip is safe and healthy.

Camping Tips:

Get vaccinated.

Vaccinations can help protect against certain diseases and conditions while camping. Be sure your vaccinations and your family vaccinations are up-to-date. Check with your doctor or nurse to see if you’ve had all of the recommended vaccines. He or she may recommend tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), meningitis, and/or hepatitis A, depending on your medical history, destination, and other factors.

How to Avoid Summer Spoilers: Burns, Bites and Belly-Aches

The balmy days of summer can be great, especially after long months indoors. But no one wants to end a day in the sun with burning and itching summer skin or a queasy stomach.  Here are some tips on how to protect yourself and your children from these familiar seasonal hazards:

1)  USE SUNSCREEN.  The kind of sunscreen you need depends on how dark your skin is, but for most people 30 to 45 (SPF) is sufficient, according to Dr. Larry E. Millikan, a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and professor emeritus at Tulane University.  Be sure to apply enough—an ounce, or about a shot-glass full, is a good measure.  Although some products are designed to be water-resistant, most require re-application after swimming.

Staying Safe Away From Home & How to Feel Secure Wherever You Go

When you take time to pay attention to your surroundings, you’re making an important step toward ensuring your personal safety away from home.  It’s easy to get into a routine and let your guard down, but even places you ordinarily go can be dangerous if you’re not paying attention.  Here are some helpful safety tips:

Always have your purse locked up in a secure drawer. Don’t leave it on the floor, desk or chair. If you cannot lock it in your desk, always take it with you when you leave your work area.

School’s Out for Summer!

It’s that time of year again – the kids are out of school for the summer and they’re already bored, and come looking to you for something to do. Weather your child is 5 or 18, it is important to keep them busy, safe, and far away from trouble this summer. Here are a few helpful ideas to ensure that your child has a productive, fun, and safe summer!

Preschool – Middle School Aged Children