When selecting a camping tent, many prefer the natural cotton material of a canvas tent. Though these tend to be more breathable and durable than their synthetic counterparts, users also need to be aware of their potential safety hazards.
Stake canvas tents far enough away from the campfire to minimize the potential of fire from a wayward spark. Only use stoves that are specially made for tents and properly vented. Keep matches, lanterns and candles far away from the canvas walls. According to Davis Tent & Awning, a tent treated to resist fire can still burn when in direct contact with a flame.
Carbon Monoxide Safety
Though the canvas material creates a more breathable tent, poisonous carbon monoxide gases still might not escape. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises campers to never use camping heaters, camping stoves, grills or lanterns inside a tent. Instead, it recommends staying warm overnight with adequate clothing and bedding.
Mold not only ruins your canvas tent, but it can cause potentially serious allergies. Prevent your canvas tent from molding by rolling the tent only after it has dried completely. Though a mildew treatment may discourage mold, it will not completely prevent it in an improperly stored tent.
Article Written By Sarah Shelton
Based in Oregon, Sarah Shelton has worked as a freelance writer since 2008. She enjoys covering travel, home and garden, and automotive topics. Her articles have appeared nationwide with Internet Broadcasting, Adventure Travel and Real Estate Experts. With a major in biology, Shelton received her Bachelor of Science from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.