Black Bears in Toronto.
It’s totally a thing and on the rise!
For most business owners, finding a way to make money on things they enjoy is usually a top concern. One of the best places to work is outdoors due to the freedom and beauty that it comes with. Although working in the outdoors can be a pleasurable experience, it can also be very dangerous in the right situation. You’d be surprised on how many sightings there have been over the last few years.
One of the biggest concerns that most Toronto business owners who work outside have is bears. Exercising proper bear awareness is the only way to make sure that the employees of a business stay safe. Here are a few of the things a business owner will need to consider when trying to keep their employees protected from bears.
Avoid Following or Crowding a Bear
One of the first things that a person will have to remember when trying to stay safe around bears is to avoid crowding or following bears. By following a bear, the person will be putting themselves at risk being attacked. Staying put in the jobsite is the best way for a person to avoid being attacked and to stay at a safe distance from the bears around.
Make Your Presence Known on Trails
Another important thing that a person will need to do when trying to stay safe in a bear heavy area is to make your presence known when in areas around the bear. By making noises to let the bear know you are there, you will be able to keep the bears at a distance and stay safe. Neglecting to do this can lead to you giving the bear a scare, which can end badly for all involved. The time that goes into letting your presence be known will make a big difference in regards to staying safe.
Keep Food Put Up
When trying to stay out of a bears line of sight, a person will also need to make sure that all food is put up on the job site. If the bear begins to smell food out in the area, they will make it a mission to find the source. Instead of giving the bear a reason to seek your work site out, you will need to take steps to keep food put up and in baggies. Taking these steps will make it easy to stay safe on the jobsite.
Getting professional advice from a company like isafety, will make it much easier for a business owner to keep their employees safe. Staying up to date on safety training can bring about a number of benefits for a business owner. Knowing your bear safety is of utmost importance!
Have you ever encountered a bear?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.