The Most Likely Camping Hazards — What to Look Out For
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.
Summer 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.
- 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.
- Never let children swim without adult supervision, even for just a few minutes.
- Use appropriate flotation devices while boating or swimming.
- 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.
- NEVER swim alone.
- Do not operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol
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.
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
- You have a fever that is higher than 104 degrees
- You are feeling confused
- Your skin is hot and dry
Spiders and Snakes Safety
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.
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.
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.
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
A 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.