Camping is a great activity for folks of all walks of life. We are officially in the summer season and it is a good idea to consider some basic safety tips when we head out on the road with our friends and family and pick that perfect camping spot!
- Food – one of the many pleasures to indulge in while roughing it. Be wary of racoons, bears and other (nocturnal) animals. Be sure your food is secured properly, as racoons can open items like coolers. It is a good idea to store food in your vehicle if you can.
- Wash your hands – frequently and keep surfaces clean. Have hand sanitizer handy, especially if water is not an option.
- Being safe – out in the “wild” it is important and one needs to consider several factors when doing activities. When walking, hiking, biking, or swimming be sure to bring the necessary protective gear like helmets, proper footwear, and life jackets.
- Avoid poisonous plants – like poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac.
- Know the limits – of your activities, and always take preventative steps to avoid injury. Do not hike or swim alone and watch kids very closely.
- Be sure to have a first aid kit – fully stocked, stored and on hand for emergencies.
- Be prepared with a supply kit – include things like a compass or GPS, map, flashlight, blankets, batteries, etc.
- Be mindful of the wildlife – understand that animals may carry diseases and avoid touching, feeding and getting near animals. Enjoy them as an observer.
- Check for ticks frequently – if they are found, remove them immediately. Be sure your pets are vaccinated and also checked for ticks and other insects that may target them.
- Fuel burning equipment – gas stoves, heaters, lanterns, and charcoal grills should not be used inside a tent. Carbon monoxide is also a concern. It is odorless and can cause illness and death in people and pets.
- The camp fire – probably one of the most rewarding aspects of camping. With this also comes the need to build and maintain a safe fire. Here are some tips:
- Be sure to select a spot that is protected from wind gusts and at least 15 feet from your gear, tents, or anything flammable.
- Do not build a campfire under tree limbs or around plants.
- If allowed, dig a pit about 1 foot deep in the center of a clear area and surrounded by a ring of rocks (to create a barrier).
- Don’t use flammable liquids to start a fire.
- Keep your fire small and attended by an adult. Watch for changes in the weather.
- Allow the fire to burn out completely, if it needs to be extinguished use plenty of water and stir the ashes with a shovel; making sure all heat and flames have been put out. If there is still heat, add more water checking that the fire is cooled off and extinguished.
We hope these tips will help you navigate around the campsite and keep your friends and family safe this season. Lambton Mutual offers protection and insurance support for RV’s and related vehicles so that you can feel safe and have peace of mind while enjoying the outdoors. Happy Trails!