It is the time of year when we start planning for the next great family adventure. Our area is filled with many great camping sites; some by lakes, rivers and even in the wilderness. Preparing for a camping trip should include checking out the equipment, scheduling the camp site, gathering safety equipment and more.
There are many different hazards you must think about before you head out. These include weather conditions, wild animals, illness, accidents, and yes lack of sleep.
Camping Safety Tips
Here are a few safety tips to keep you and your family safe:
· Pack extra water.
· Always prepare for the unexpected. Before you leave, check the weather report, learn about security at your camp location and tell your family or friends what your plans are and where you will be camping.
· Confirm that your first aid kit is well stocked.
· Pack foods in tight, waterproof bags or containers and keep them in an insulated cooler.
· Cook foods to proper temperatures (for instance, ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees).
· Familiarize yourself with area where you are going, and make sure you have at least two maps.
· Verify that your camp site allows fires.
· Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.
· Keep lanterns and open flames outside of the tent.
· Determine a central location where everyone will meet in case you get separated.
· Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless and can cause illness or death in people and pets. Never use fuel-burning equipment such as gas stoves, heaters, lanterns, and charcoal grills inside a tent, camper, or other enclosed shelter.
· To help fight insect bites, apply insect repellent containing DEET to exposed skin. Repellents containing 20% or more DEET can protect up to several hours.
While we can’t help you build your fire, we can help you see to it that your camper, ATV, Boat, motorcycle are insured to fit your budget and need.