Summer is not the only time to enjoy the great outdoors. With the Fall season comes cooler weather and great outdoor camping. This article will give you some safety considerations so you can stay safe and enjoy your outdoor experience. Most of these considerations simply require being proactive before beginning your experience.
Buy and use a flame resistant tent. Tags on the tent liners will let you know if they are fire safe. Pitch your tent at least fifteen feet away from fireplaces, grills and camp fires. Keep your tent door clear of all gear, so that you can exit quickly and safely. Have an escape plan in case your tent would catch on fire. Use only battery operated lights around tents. Propane gas lights work better outside and away from the tent area.
Camp Ground Safety
Maintain at least a three foot debris free area around the outside of the tent area. This is also a good idea for your camp area as well. This is especially important, if you are in a very dry area of the woods. Keep a container of water or a fire extinguisher withing reach, in case of a fire. Keep your trash and food at two separate camp locations. It is also a good idea to tie them up high from a tree branch.
Make sure everyone knows how to put out a clothing fire. (Stop, Drop and Roll). Wear snug fitting and tightly woven clothes around fires. Avoid long sleeves, if the weather permits. Supervise children closely around grills, fireplaces and pit fires. Never leave fires unattended. If you must leave, put out the fire completely. Keep combustible items away from fire areas. Always check out your grills and heaters, before using them. Especially check hoses on propane tanks.
Use only battery/electric lights on your trailers or campers. Make sure that trailers and campers are properly balanced by using the level provided. All wheels should be blocked or securely locked. Just like a tent, have an evacuation plan. If possible, have more than one exit. When transporting your trailer, have all items secure. Never transport individuals inside a trailer. Always carry a first aid kit in your trailer.
Always let individuals know where you are located. Have a compass and map of the area. Carry a cellphone with extra charger and batteries. Have extra matches and dry paper. Carry your insurance card with you and any medication that might need.
Outdoor camping, in the winter, can be an exhilarating experience. Just make sure that you are properly prepared for anything and you will remain safe.