If you and your family are camping out this summer, here are a few basic safety tips for survival. They’ll be especially helpful if you’re new to camping. Keep them in mind as you’re trying out your survival gear and supplies outdoors.
Camping doesn’t have to be like military boot camp. It can be such a fun time with your family that learning new things will be a pleasure. Or at least those new discoveries will be more interesting.
Your camp site is your home away from home, and safety is vital. Make your site a clean, safe place devoid of any debris or low-hanging limbs. Choosing a site that is flat and level makes it easier to set up camp and park your car or RV.
Follow these camping tips to insure your family’s safety and survival.
Check for potential hazards.
Look for glass, sharp objects, branches, large ant beds, poison ivy, bees and hazardous terrain.
Inspect your site.
Is it level? Do you have enough room to spread out all your gear? Keep in mind that trees or shrubs on the side of prevailing winds will help block strong, unexpected gusts.
Build fires in a safe area.
Are your open fires and fuel-burning appliances far enough away from the tent to prevent ignition from sparks, flames and heat? Never use a flame or any other heating device inside a tent. Instead, use a flashlight or battery-powered light.
Make sure your fires are always attended.
You don’t want your fire to spread laterally or vertically. A grill or stone surface is ideal. When putting the fire out, drown it with water. Be sure all embers, coals and sticks are wet.
Properly dispose of trash.
Recycle. Use the proper recycling bins if available.
Watch out for bugs.
You can avoid attracting stinging insects by wearing light-colored clothing. Also, don’t use perfumes or colognes.
Beware when encountering wildlife.
Ward off bears by keeping your campsite clean. Do not leave food, garbage, coolers, cooking equipment or utensils out in the open. Bears are dangerous and unpredictable. Never feed or approach a bear.
Use a flashlight at night.
Many animals feed at night, and your flashlight may warn them away.
Beware of poisonous plants.
Get familiar with dangerous plants common to the area. If you come into contact with a poisonous plant, immediately rinse the affected area with water and apply a soothing lotion, such as calamine, to the affected area.