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A fun day outdoors often includes family, friends, and clear skies. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources offers these safety tips to help ensure a safe and memorable outdoor adventure:
 
Safety tips for all outdoors adventurers:
• Check the forecast and have a plan if severe weather strikes.

• Let someone know where you are going, when you leave and when you plan to return.

• Bring an adequate supply of water and a cell phone for emergencies.

• Be courteous to your fellow outdoors enthusiasts.

• Follow posted rules and regulations.


Camping
• Only camp in designated areas.

• Build campfires within the fire ring – never leave a fire unattended.

• Use caution around campfires and keep an extra close eye on children.

• Have a well-supplied first aid kit.

• Set boundaries for young people and remind them to use the buddy system.


Swimming
• Only swim in designated areas at beaches, lakes, and pools.

• Keep a sharp eye on young children in and around the water.

• Avoid swimming alone – use the buddy system.

• Enjoy the fun that water offers, but take regular breaks.

• Alcohol and swimming do not mix.


Boating
• Always wear a lifejacket – make sure those on children are properly fitted and secured.

• Follow the nautical “rules of the road.”

• Never mix alcohol and boating.

• Stay within the limit of the boat’s maximum carrying capacity.

• Keep an eye on the sky for bad weather; be alert to open water conditions and avoid fast-moving water.


Hiking
• Stay on the designated trail.

• Get an early start to avoid the heat of the day – don’t overexert yourself.

• Carry ample amounts of water and some snacks.

• Bring along a small first aid kit, sun block and insect repellent.

• Each hiker should carry a trail map marked with a designated meet up spot in case anyone gets separated from the group.


Biking
• Always wear a helmet.

• Stick to the trail.

• Keep an eye out for holes, dips, rocks or other trail obstructions.

• Pass others with care; and ride at a controlled speed.

• Ride with a friend.


Fishing
• Don’t fish in areas where it is not permitted.

• Use caution when casting and baiting and removing hooks.

• Handle fish carefully.

• Apply sunscreen and bug spray; wear a hat to ward off the sun and hooks during a stray cast.

• Wear a lifejacket if fishing from a boat.


All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)
• Wear protective headgear and eye protection.

• Drive an ATV that is age and size appropriate.

• Supervise riders younger than 16 years of age.

• Stay on designated trails and drive at a safe speed.

• Take a safety course (ATVSafety.org).

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