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Heading for the hills this weekend? Here are 11 ways to keep it safe

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August 02, 2014 - 8:27 AM

THOMPSON - OKANAGAN - If you're looking to dodge the tourists and get a more peaceful outing on your long weekend, a hike or a campout in the backcountry may be the best way of achieving a relaxing getaway. To keep it safe, members of the Central Okanagan Search and Rescue team have some tips for you: 

1) If you have plans to explore or camp, make sure you tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to return. Stick to your plan.
2) Do not go alone.
3) If you’re using backcountry or water equipment, make sure to familiarize yourself with it before you take it on your trip.
4) Make sure you replenish your first aid kit. Check to see if any medications have been expired.
5) Abide by B.C. Wildfire’s camping ban.
6) If you’re on the water or are around fast-flowing rivers, wear your life jacket.
7) If you’re expecting to go on a longer hike, take basic items with you which will help you survive at least 24 hours. This includes extra food, clothes and a container for water.
8) If you’re out of town in the backcountry, don’t drink alcohol or use illegal drugs.
9) Charge your cell phone before leaving. Even if you are out of cell service, search and rescue teams can still find you.
10) If you get lost, call 9-1-1. Do not call your friends and family as they could get lost on their search for you.
11) The most important tip: If someone is missing call the RCMP and report them immediately. Do not wait 24 hours.

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