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    Camp Safety ProceduresCamping can be fun if you keep some basic safety precautions in mind. Putting safety first makes for a more relaxing and enjoyable trip for everyone, and being safe doesn't have to mean cutting out fun and adventure.

    Preparation

    Always plan ahead. Make a detailed plan of your route, and always inform at least two people of your destination and when you'll return.

    Campfires

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fire pits surrounded by rocks or a metal ring are safest. To prevent wildfires, clear at least a 5-foot area surrounding the campfire.

    Cooking

    To avoid food-related illness, follow the Partnership for Food Safety's food handling guidelines. Cook food to the proper temperature, and wash your hands and preparation surfaces frequently.

    Considerations

    Outdoor sports such as caving, climbing, and rappelling require specialized knowledge and training. Don't try these sports if you don't have a qualified guide or instructor with you.

    First Aid

    Know basic first aid, and bring at least one CPR-certified person. Assemble a first aid kit using the Red Cross's checklist (see Resources below).

     

    Article Written By Myrrh Hector

    Based in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Myrrh Hector has been a professional writer since 2007. Her work has appeared on Helpful Mother and other websites. Hector studied English at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois and specializes in outdoor and health-related articles.

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