June is National Safety Month and National Great Outdoors Month! As we get into the swing of summer, check out our top outdoor safety tips and enjoy the fresh air ahead.
Where: Your Neighborhood
Summer often means more time walking outside. Whether it’s a brisk morning walk with your pup or a solo night stroll around the block, you can usually count on crossing paths with a dog-walker. There are over 78 million dogs in the US, and while most of them can be friendly, any of them can bite (American Veterinary Medical Association). It’s important to be alert and protect yourself (and your own pet) against any aggressive dogs.
We Recommend: Protector® Dog Spray
Walk confidently with your dog this season. Protector® Dog Spray provides effective, humane protection at a distance so that you can keep yourself and your pet safe. Made in the USA, Protector® Dog Spray is EPA-approved and all-natural. It provides maximum stopping power, incapacitating a dog’s ability to see or smell while causing no permanent injuries. Its 12-foot range and powerful stream technology reduces wind blow-back to help you enjoy your walk while staying protected.
Where: A Mountain Trail
Bear safety is one of the most important things (if not the most important thing) to keep in mind when exploring bear country. Being prepared and packing the right hiking gear for bear country helps keep you safe and protected from danger.
We Recommend: FRONTIERSMAN Bear Spray, Bear Bell, and Bear Horn
Bears don’t like surprises. This is why most bear attacks happen when hikers accidentally startle bears, according to the National Park Service. One way to prevent surprising a bear is to carry a bear bell or bear horn. These have unique sounds to alert bears of human activity and keep dangerous animals at a distance.
The FRONTIERSMAN Bear Bell is a small metal ball with a Velcro strap that can be attached to shoes, bags, or belts. The Bear Bell is a good option for continuous noise throughout your hike.
The FRONTIERSMAN Bear Horn can be heard up to ½ a mile away with its 115dB sound. The Bear Horn is louder than the Bear Bell, and a good option for periodic blasts during your hike to warn animals and avoid startling a bear.
While carrying a Bear Bell or Horn is a great way to deter bear encounters, it’s still possible to encounter one on the trail. The 9.2oz FRONTIERSMAN Bear Spray is field tested with the maximum strength approved by the EPA. FRONTIERSMAN has a 35-foot range for maximum stopping power and the greatest protection at the safest distance. Bear spray is an essential when it comes to staying safe in bear country – double check it on your camping list!
Where: A Backcountry Campsite
Your campground should be your space to rest and relax after a long day on the trails. Keeping human food and other scented items sealed away from animals like bears, raccoons, rodents, and other critters is essential for overnight or multi-day hikes. While coolers can provide some security, they’re often not air-tight or sturdy enough to withstand animal invasions.
We Recommend: FRONTIERSMAN Insider Bear Safe
The FRONTIERSMAN Insider Bear Safe is ideal for hikers. It is ergonomically designed to sit comfortably in your pack for long and strenuous hikes. With an 11.9-liter storage capacity, it’s waterproof and can withstand over 60 minutes of a grizzly bear’s attempt to break inside (tested by real bears at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Montana and certified by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee).
Where: Running Around Town
Running is your time – your place to get away. Sometimes, longer runs require routes through uncharted areas of town, in the early morning hours, or late at night. While we sometimes ‘zone out’ or listen to music on runs, it’s essential to be alert. You can’t predict who you’ll encounter, but you can run prepared and be equipped for safety.
We Recommend: Runner Pepper Gel with Adjustable Hand Strap
Our SABRE Red Runner Pepper Gel with Adjustable Hand Strap was designed to give you an extra level of security without intruding on your run. Ideal for runners, athletes and people on the go, this powerful pepper gel gives you easy-to-use protection that virtually eliminates wind blow-back and airborne particles (it only affects the person it directly contacts). With up to 35 bursts at a 12-foot range, you can spend more time enjoying your time outside with peace of mind. Remember - running and safety go hand in hand.
Where: A Trail or Bike Path
If you live near a trail, it can be a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Sometimes trails and bike paths are quiet, and they may not be well-lit outside daylight hours. If you’re venturing out on a city bike path or trail, make sure to carry a personal safety device with you to protect against any potential threats.
We Recommend: Duathlete Pepper Spray with Adjustable Arm Band
Our popular Duathlete model was designed to maximize your safety while exercising outdoors. This pepper gel reduces wind blow-back with a powerful stream delivery. The Duathlete is ideal for the outdoors any time of day with a reflective strap, and it’s easily accessible with an adjustable arm band. Perfect for athletes, it’s there to help you enjoy your outdoor workout with an added level of security.
No matter what your summer plans are, enjoy the great outdoors knowing that you have an extra level of safety and protection with SABRE. Tag us in your posts this summer with #SABRESafe for a chance to be featured on our national pages! Follow us on social to stay up to date on the latest tips, news, and giveaways from SABRE.