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The Most Likely Camping Hazards — What to Look Out For

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Before you go out into the great outdoors, there are some hazards that you need to be aware of. So in this article I am going to tell you about the most likely camping hazards.

When the days start getting longer and warmer, its just natural to want to head out to the great outdoors and start doing some adventurous activities. But before you start planning your next adventure you need to know some of the hazards.

Water Safety

Lake SwimmingSummer is NOT the same without swimming, but safety should always come before the fun. Here are some suggestions to keep you out of harm’s way in the water.

  1. You should always, wear tennis shoes while swimming in rivers and lakes to help reduce your chance of injury from broken glass and other harmful debris in the water.
  2. Never let children swim without adult supervision, even for just a few minutes.
  3. Use appropriate flotation devices while boating or swimming.
  4. You should never dive into a river or lake that you do not know anything about. Always enter the water feet first to check for water depth and any obstacles.
  5. NEVER swim alone.
  6. Do not operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol


Sun Exposure

Too much sun exposure can lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Young children, the elderly and athletes who are outdoors in the hot sun for extended periods of time are at the greatest risk. Avoid adverse effects by drinking plenty of fluids, wearing a hat and sunglasses and making sure you always reapply sunscreen. You should avoid the sun if possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sun Exposure

If you notice your body experiencing any of the following, you need to look for shade, remove any outer clothing and drink plenty of fluids.

  • Excessive sweating
  • Nausua and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Weakness

 

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If you are experiencing any of the following you need call 911 or get to the ER as soon as possible.

  • You have a fever that is higher than 104 degrees
  • You are feeling confused
  • Lethargic
  • Seizures
  • Your skin is hot and dry

Spiders and Snakes Safety Poisonous Spider

Stay away from snakes and spiders and avoid touching them, especially those that are poisonous including rattlesnakes and coral snakes and the brown recluse and black widow spiders. If you get bit by a snake, remove any constrictive jewelry and clothing, raise the affected area to decrease swelling and seek medical attention immediately. Do not use a tourniquet, and do not try to suck out the venom. Black widow spiders are most easily recognized by the red hourglass spot on their abdomen. If you are bitten by a poisonous spider, seek immediate medical attention.

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Poisonous Plants

These are the most common poisonous plants out there, For a more in depth article on these poisonous plants you can click on the picture of the plants.

Poisonous Plants


Insect Bites

This one is probably the most common hazard that unfortunately can not avoid. Especially due to the fact that ticks and mosquitoes have been known to carry diseases such as malaria and Lyme disease. There are things you can do to minimize the risk. Use insect repellent containing DEET or picaridin and reapply often, especially if you’re sweating or in the water. Before going to bed, inspect yourself for ticks. If you find one burrowed into your skin, remove it immediately, If you see a bull’s-eye rash appear one to four weeks later, see your doctor.Insect Bites

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Fire SafetyFire Safety

A camping trip isn’t a camping trip without the traditional campfire and s’mores. Whether you are enjoying the evening by the fire telling stories, singing, or just talking about the day, these important tips will help you avoid burns:

  • Always build a fire in the campsite designated spot.
  • Don’t let kids play near or around campfire and always supervise small children
  • Make sure you have a fire extinguisher handy
  • Avoid drinking a large amount of alcohol
  • Keep all loose clothing and or blankets away from the fire
  • Keep a safe distance away from fire and keep a look out for flying sparks

Food Safety

Food SafetyA summer day is not complete without great food. But you always need to remember to keep proper food safety at the top-of-mind. Because the bacteria that causes food poisoning thrive at room temperature, it is important to keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot. Keep hot foods above a temp. of 140°F and keep cold foods below a temp. of 40°F to avoid bacteria growth. Keep raw foods separate from cooked foods, and never leave foods that contain eggs or mayonnaise out for an extended period of time. Pack and store leftovers at a temp. less than 40°F.

 


To sum things up you will want to read up on the most likely camping hazards, you don’t have to cut your camping trip short cause someone got hurt or got sick. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions below in the comments section and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks for reading and be safe on your next camping trip.

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30 Comments

  1. Matts Mom

    Great information. The information on poisonous plants and spiders and snakes was interesting. This is something I don’t really think about when we go camping but certainly something to be prepared for. The information on what to do if you get a snake bite is great, because I really wouldn’t have known what to do!

    • Fred Prasun

      Thanks for your comment. I am sooooo glad that I can help people like you be more aware of what hazards are out there when you are camping. Remember if you have any comments or questions please let me know and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks again!

  2. Mario Vrtovic

    Some of these things should be known here in the Canary Islands!

    Thank you Fred!

    • Fred Prasun

      Thanks for your comment. Yes these things should be known all over the planet, so there can be less accidents or illnesses from not knowing what’s out there. Remember if you have any comments or questions let me know and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks again!

  3. David Donahue

    I live in North Carolina and we have tons of lakes and yes water moccassins and other creepy bugs. We also have people who end up drowning in the lakes because they panic. The worst is some of the lakes have huge drop offs from when they created them and can be an 80 feet drop all of a sudden. You don’t want to mess around in them. You list some good products. Stay hydrated, use sunscreen and know before you jump. Lakes are beautiful but can be deadly too. Good post here.

    • Fred Prasun

      Thanks for comment. I used to live in North Carolina myself! Yes there is a lot of lakes there, we used to go to Jordan lake in the Raleigh/Durham area if I am remembering right. It is very important to know what your getting into before you go diving or jumping into the water. That’s why I like to do a little research about the lake that we are going to, so I know a little something about it. Remember if you have any comments or questions just let me know and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks again!

  4. Rita Bingamon

    I love your post, it’s full of very useful and pertinent information. Camping is a lot of fun, so it’s easy to forget safety. Your advise is right on.

    • Fred Prasun

      Thanks for your comment. I agree with you that it is easy to forget about safety while camping. Do you and your family go camping a lot? Me and my family do and we love it! Remember if you have any comments or questions, I am always here to help. Thanks again!

  5. Maurice Jackson

    I went camping as a boy scout. And I learned a lot. Unfortunately, I have not been since even though my circle of associates and friends have no interest in it. I know it can be a great experience to get in touch with nature, But as you point out you cannot go in blindly. There are precautions to be aware of. This information will set any camper up for knowing what to look out for

    • Fred Prasun

      Thanks for you comment. That’s a bummer that you haven’t been camping since you were a kid. You need to get out into the great outdoors! I am glad that I am able to help people know what to look out for. Remember if you have any comments or questions, I am always here to help out. Thanks again!

  6. Jacques de Kock

    Good post and very helpful! This information can really help prevent injuries and a early return home. When reading this post you will realize how many dangers there are out there. You must be prepared when you go camping and I think you reminded people of things they might have forgotten!

    • Fred Prasun

      Thanks for your comment. You are definitely right that people need to be prepared and realize what dangers can be out there while camping in the great outdoors. Remember if you have any comments or questions that I am always here to help. Thanks again!

  7. Andrew Bromley

    As you have pointed out, going camping is a great adventure but we must also think about safety at all times. Poisonous plants, spiders and snakes are not a nice thing to find.Taking precautions is tantamount to having a good time.

    • Fred Prasun

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, we all need to think about safety when we are planning a camping trip. As always if you have any comments or questions just let me know and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks again!

  8. Erin Sands

    We tent camp every year, and I think we have done at least one thing wrong in every category you have here:) I really appreciate the photos of the poison leaves. We never have a fire extinguisher but have taught everyone there needs to be a full bucket of water ready. How about waving around hot marshmallow sticks! You should definitely put that on the list!

    • Fred Prasun

      Thanks for your comment. That’s awesome that you guys go camping every year. We do the same and we love it! This is exactly why I wanted to put this article together so people out there can be prepared. You know what? You have a point about the marshmallow sticks, we are constantly tell the kids not to walk around with them. 🙂 Remember if you have any comments or questions just let me know and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks again!

  9. Benjamin

    Great advice. Everything that you said in your article makes sense, we just don’t think about it sometimes. Thanks for the reminders, and lucky enough, I don’t live in a region where poisonous spiders and snakes are around.

    • Fred Prasun

      Thanks for your comment. It is so true that we don’t think about hazards until something happens. Aren’t you lucky you don’t have to worry about poisonous spiders and snakes! Remember if you have any comments or questions just let me know and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks again!

  10. Kourtney

    Some good points there, even though they’re simple tips they’re things we always seem to forget and not worry about, its safe to say if I seen a snake or spider I wouldn’t be touching it, I’d run a mile!

    • Fred Prasun

      Thanks for your comment. You are right on when you say these are things that we always forget about them. I hear ya! I would run and scream like a little girl if I saw a snake. Remember if you have any comments or questions, just let me know and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks again!

  11. mercy

    I love you article on The Most Likely Camping Hazards — What to Look Out For because it is all rounded, my family loves going camping and my first born loves swimming soo much, so your article is tackling all of our engagements, thank you.

    • Fred Prasun

      Thanks for your comment. You are so welcome, I am glad I can help. You are right the hazards are all around when we are out in the great outdoors. Remember if you have any comments or questions just let me know and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks again!

  12. Lee Ann M

    I love the amount of information you have provided. I can’t think of anything you might have forgotten.
    Some of it might seem like common sense to some, but for those of us that love camping and the outdoors, we realize that things can be forgotten when you are in a rush .
    These are some great tips to help everyone enjoy their time camping and being safe as well as protected.
    Thank you for this valuable information.

    • Fred Prasun

      Thank you so much. You are so right, when we are in a rush to get everything packed so we can get on the road so we can get to the campgrounds and get everything set up, we tend to forget the common sense stuff. I am glad you like my post! This is why I do this to make sure people don’t forget the common sense stuff and to be safe. Remember if you have any questions or comments just let me know and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks again!

  13. jackie thompson

    Wow this really takes me back to when I was taking my children camping I cant tell you how many times one of them got poison oak or some kind of bug bite. Great information keep it coming I do love camping.

    • Fred Prasun

      Thank you for your comment. Yeah my daughter gets eating up every time we go camping so we have to make sure we keep her sprayed down with bug spray. Knock on wood! Luckily my kids haven’t ran into any poisonous plants. If you have any questions or comments just let me know and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks again!

  14. OnlineBzDog - TQ

    I learn a tons of good info. from this camping hazard tips. I have never known when you get bit by poisonous spiders or snakes you have to raise the bitting areas. It is a great tip to keep in mine because I have seen numerous poisonous bites over my camping life. Enjoy reading this post.

    • Fred Prasun

      Thank you for your comment. This is why I do this so people like yourself can be informed on what is out there that can hurt you and what to do to prevent people from getting hurt. If you have any comments or questions just let me know and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks again!

  15. CJ james

    What are your thoughts on staying safe during lightning? I had to do a lightning safety training session once (I worked on a gold course) and the most common way to get struck by lightning after golfing was by camping.

    • Fred Prasun

      Thanks for your comment. Being safe during lightning is a good point. I will definitely have to either add that to this article or create a different post storms while camping. Thank you for that point. If you have any questions or comments just let me know and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks again!

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