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-Make sure your child’s tetanus shots are up to date.
-If your child has an epinephrine auto-injector for bee or wasp venom allergy, check the expiry date.
-Look up the telephone numbers for your local Poison Control Centre and Telehealth service, and program them into your cellphone.
-Learn the names of the plants in your garden. Tip: Save the stakes from plant pots.
-Remove any mushrooms from your yard.
-Rid your property of mosquito breeding grounds by emptying puddles, bird baths and other pools of standing water.
-Stock your freezer or cooler with ice packs. Make your own by folding paper towels into pads, moistening with water, placing in a zip-top bag and freezing.
A version of this article appeared in our May 2012 issue, with the headline Outdoor Survival Guide (p. 42).
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