Sunday, November 6, 2011

Camp Safety

For many, camping is a welcome relief from a busy world we live in and an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle. Although camping can be very enjoyable, we can never forget that there are some risks that we should consider the next time we decide to camp. Listed below are some tips that you should consider.

Safety Tips:

1.      Bring along a first-aid kit, flash light, and a tool kit for performing minor repairs.
2.      If you have a cellular telephone, obtain emergency telephone numbers for authorities in your camping area. Remember, many communities and rural areas are not supported by the 9­1­1 emergency telephone system.
3.      Select a campsite that is not frequented by dangerous wild animals.
4.      Keep food out the reach of animals. Clean up thoroughly after eating.
5.      Make sure children understand their boundary limits around the camping area.
6.      Never use flammable liquids such as diesel fuel or gasoline to start a campfire.
7.      Check environmental conditions prior to starting a campfire. Windy, stormy, or dry conditions should preclude you from starting a fire.
8.      Keep children a safe distance from the campfire and other hazards.
9.      Position your vehicle(s) around the campsite to minimize vehicular hazards.
10.    Locate emergency shelters (if so equipped) in the event weather becomes threatening.
11.    Douse campfire with water before retiring for the night and before leaving the campsite.
12.    Store gasoline and other flammable liquids a safe distance from the campfire.
13.    Construct tents and other temporary shelters according to manufacturer's instructions and check installation integrity periodically.
14.    Use funnels to fill small portable fuel tanks such as cook stoves, lanterns, and heaters. Perform these filling operations away from ignition sources and children. Use an absorbent cloth to wipe off any spilled fuel before lighting an appliance.
15.    Never allow children to play with matches.
16.    Before moving a vehicle, perform a walk-around inspection looking for debris, obstacles, animals, and children.
17.    If camping near water, designate certain times when children can swim or play around the water. Children should always be supervised by an adult who can swim.

Remember your campsite is your home away from home. By observing these safety precautions, you can keep yourself and your family safe. Remember, you can never take a holiday from doing things safely!

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