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With summer months here, families hike the path less traveled with their backpacks, sleeping bags and tents to sleep under the stars. While this is a fun and adventurous experience, camping can pose some harm to your children and family. It is important to be aware of your surroundings and do some research before hitting the trails. Below is a list of summer camping safety tips to keep you and your family safe:

Camping Safety

1. Get vaccinated.

     Check to make sure you and your family are up to date with all the recommended vaccines.

2. Do your research.

     Make sure to check the weather forecast and learn more about the trail and routes you are interested in hiking.

3. Pack plenty of water and snacks.

     Make sure to pack food in an insulated cooler to keep the food safe to eat. Always wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before preparing or eating food.

4. Pack a supply kit.

     This includes a first-aid kit, compass or GPS, map, flashlight, blankets, extra batteries, and medications.

5. Wear bug spray.

     Apply insect repellent to the skin that contains DEET before hitting the trails. It is recommended to wear long sleeves, pants and light-colored clothing to help identify ticks more easily.

6. Wear sun screen.

     Find a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 or higher and cover the body up with clothing and wear hats and sunglasses.

7. Avoid wild animals.

     Avoid touching, feeding, or coming close to wild animals. Also make sure food is stored in sealed containers and out of reach of animals.

8. Avoid water-related injuries.

     Certain trails have bodies of water or creeks so make sure to supervise children at all times.

9. Know general fire safety rules.

     Always keep a bucket of water and a shovel next to your camp fire in case of emergencies. Put out the fire completely before going to bed or leaving the campsite.

10.Check for ticks and skin rashes.

      Do a full body check in the shower, especially under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, back of the knees, in and around the hair, between the legs and around the waist.

By Anna Wright, Safe Kids Intern

To learn more ways to stay safe this summer look through our Summer Safety Posts

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