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Camping Tips

Follow these safety camping tips and make the best out of your camping:

  • Make camp before dark. Traveling after darkness has resulted in many accidents from falls, so travel during daylight whenever possible.

  • Check for potential hazards. Be sure to check thoroughly for glass, sharp objects, branches, large ant beds, poison ivy, bees and hazardous terrain.

  • Avoid areas of natural hazards. Check the contour of the land and for potential trouble due to rain.

  • Inspect the site. Look for a level site with enough room to spread your gear.

  • Build fires in a safe area. Your open fires and fuel burning appliances must be far enough away from the tent to prevent ignition from sparking flames and heat.

  • Make sure your fires are always attended. Be sure you have an area for a fire that cannot spread laterally or vertically a grill or stone surface is ideal.

  • Beware when encountering wildlife. Use a flashlight at night many animals feed at night and the use of a flashlight may warn them away. To ward off bears, keep your campsite clean and do not leave food, garbage, coolers, cooking equipment or utensils out in the open.

  • Watch out for bugs. Avoid attracting stinging insects by wearing light colored clothing and avoiding perfume and cologne.

  • Beware of poisonous plants. Familiarize yourself with any dangerous plants that are common to the area where you are camping.

  • Think before you drink. No matter how clean or pure stream water looks, its likely to contain water-borne parasites and microorganisms that can cause discomfort or serious illness.

    These camping tips, along with related safety information, can be found on the USDA Forest Service Web site www.fs.fed.us

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