Leaders Go Mad In Devon
Camping safety tips
Summer is tantalisingly close. Across the country, people are digging out their sleeping bags and wondering where all the tent pegs disappeared to – it’s time to prepare for a summer of camping!
Camp should be fun and exciting, but to avoid any mishaps and accidents take a look at our quick tips and advice for staying safe. Have a great time!
Setting up tents
- Pitch your tent on as flat a piece of ground as you can find. Remove stones and pebbles from the pitch before you lay out your tent. This will prevent tears and rips, as well as make your sleep a lot more comfortable!
- Pitch tents as far apart as possible. This will reduce the risk of tripping over guy ropes and getting tangled in tent flaps. It will also prevent the spread of fire, if it occurs.
- Sleeping tents should be 2 metres apart and cooking tents at least 5 metres from other tents.
- Don’t use a naked flame inside tents.
Cooking and hygiene
- To avoid stomach upsets, make sure you wash and dry your hands frequently during the day in camp. This is especially important before eating and after using the toilet.
- Make sure all cooks have been instructed in safe cooking practices, including basic hygiene. Burns and scalds are one of the most frequent accidents that happen at camp.
- Get food from a reliable source and store it at the correct temperatures. Avoid uncooked and reheated food and ensure that meat dishes are thoroughly cooked.
- Be careful on sites where they are or may have been grazing animals as there can be a risk of E. Coli 0157. Follow the recommendations of the factsheet avoiding ill health at camp.
- Do not use petrol or other highly flammable liquids to light fires.
- Be sure to control the size of your fire. Make sure that altar fires are stable and are at the appropriate height for those using them.
- Don’t refill flammable liquid stoves or replace gas containers while stoves are alight.
Slips, trips and falls
These are the most common cause of accidents on a campsite. Look around your campsite to see what you can do to prevent them. Instruct people about the hazard that guy ropes create and ensure that any awkwardly placed ropes or pegs are clearly marked.
Everyone lovces a campfire! Beware of splinters, flying wood chippings and swinging axe heads. Ensure that stout footwear is worn and only permit the use of axes in a designated chopping area.