Camping safety

By: Katelyn Binkowski and Lauren Kane

Introduction

When you read this Smore, your going to learn how to stay safe and what to avoid when you camp. Your also going to learn how to prevent certain things. Many disasters have happened to people because they don't take many precautions when they camp. But that's not going to happen to you, because your going to have our safety tips to use!

Facts

*Campfires are the #1 reason kids get hurt while camping

* Even after 8 hours of a campfire being put out by sand, you can still get first degree burns.

* 70% of campfire burns happen this way

*Nearly 50% of people who to the hospital for burns are under 4 years old while camping

* From 2002-2007 63 homicides, 240 rapes, 309 robberies, 37 kidnappings, and 1,277 attacks have happened while camping

* Wood ticks don't cause Lymes disease, Deer ticks do.

Fire safety when camping

When your making a camp fire, never make a fire when it's really windy because it wont take long for it to spread. Try to make the fire in a circle of rocks if possible and always have water near by so you can stop the fire. NEVER leave a fire unattended.

Location

Picking a spot for camping is very important. If you see a lot of foot prints, then that could be an area where wild life comes through, so that might not be a very good place for you to camp. Also, avoid low-lying ares in case it will rain or snow. Never camp under a tree because of the wind the tree could fall.

Be safe!

Always bring a first aid kit just in case you get in an accident. In your first aid kit you should have bandages, antibiotic cream, alcohol towelettes and tweeters. Also bring sun screen and bug spray. Have Advil along with you just in case. Always bring your prescription medication and know where the nearest hospital is. Make sure to have a flash light with you and that it has extra batteries.


Plants

While camping, be cautious of all the plants around you. Some of them could be poisonous. A lot of poisonous plants have 3 leaves, so "if it has 3 leaves let it be!" Saying that is a great way to spot out poison ivy, and other poisonous things. If you come in contact with any poisonous plant, then wash with hot, soapy water.

Animals

When finding a camp site, be cautious of animal tracks because if you see animal tracks you shouldn't camp there. NEVER approach wild animals because they could attack you. Don't hike off the trails or at night because then it's a better chance that you'll get attacked by an animal.
Keep A Safe Distance From Campfires
Be A Champ At Camping Safety: First With Kids - Vermont Children's Hospital, Fletcher Allen
Going Camping

Conclusion

Camping is a very fun activity that friends and family will love. Just make sure to always stay safe when camping. Better to be safe then sorry! Let your parents know where you are going, and come up with some sort of check-in system. One last thins, when it comes to Poisson ivy go by the saying "Leaves of three, let it be!"