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How to Practice Camping Safety

Camping poses hazards you don't encounter at home. Here are some ways to camp safely.


  • Step 1: Keep a safe distance from wildlife.
  • Step 2: Use insect repellent. Frequently check all members of your party -- including pets -- for ticks, removing any that you find. Enjoy the great outdoors.
  • FACT: About 7,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes each year in the U.S.
  • Step 3: Avoid over-exposure to the sun. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses. Use sunscreen.
  • TIP: Never leave a campfire unattended. Make sure your fire is out when you are away from camp.
  • TIP: Carry appropriate safety gear for any activities you plan to participate in on the trip.
  • Step 4: Do not use any equipment -- gas stoves, heaters, lanterns, or charcoal grills -- that emit carbon monoxide in any tent or enclosed area.
  • Step 5: Prepare well for the trip. Pack plenty of food and beverages, appropriate clothing, and a first-aid kit.

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