Essexville Electric Safety Specialist Mark Rezmer works hard not only to keep us safe, but he hopes to help keep area hunters safe, too. If you’re heading out to the woods, Mark reminds you of these hunting safety tips:
1. Don’t hunt alone.
2. Take enough food and water to last for several days in an emergency.
3. Bring a map and compass, and always orient yourself before leaving camp.
4. Wear layered clothing and take extra clothing, preferably wool and polyester.
5. Plan your outings so that you can return to camp before dark.
6. Never leave camp without fire-starting equipment and a foil blanket.
7. Don’t panic if you become lost.
8. Give a responsible person your hunting plan.
In addition, if you are hunting with a firearm, keep in mind these 10 Commandments of Firearm safety:
1. Keep firearm pointed in a safe direction at all times.
2. Treat every firearm as though it were loaded.
3. Be sure of target and what is in front of and behind it.
4. Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
5. Check your barrel for obstructions and your ammunition for flaws.
6. Unload firearms when not in use.
7. Point firearm only at something you intend to shoot.
8. Don’t run, jump or climb with a loaded firearm.
9. Store firearms and ammunition separately and safely.
10. Avoid alcoholic beverages before and during hunting sessions.
Good luck out there, hunters! Stay safe.