With Labor Day approaching, many people like to take one last trip to mark the unofficial end of summer. According to the Michigan DNR, camping and boating are a couple of the most popular Michigan activities. With camping, there are a few guidelines that will help maximize everyone’s enjoyment. The DNR states that 9 out of 10 wildfires are caused by people. Never leave a fire unattended, avoid windy days, and keep a shovel and a bucket of water nearby. When you leave the campsite, remember what your Mom said and leave it better than you found it.
Michiganders are never far from water, so take precautions if your holiday plans involve boating. Drowning is the cause of death in 76% of all boating-related fatalities. The DNR reminds residents to wear a life jacket, boat sober, and stay alert. Also, with the high water levels, rip currents and other abnormal currents can be magnified. Be sure to never swim alone, and brush up on the beach flag warning system which can be found on the DNR website.