Camping Safety Tips
Camping can be a fun and adventurous recreational activity if one prepares for the dangers and obstacles that the great outdoors may present. According to a National Park Service ranger, the number one cause of injury and death in the wilderness is unpreparedness. By bringing along the proper safety equipment and by being prepared to fight the elements, camping can be an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
Don’t forget the:
- First aid kit
- Insect repellent
- Burn ointment
- Calamine lotion
- Inclement weather
Be sure to check the almanac or the weather forecast before planning a camping trip. Getting stuck in a severe storm can be very dangerous. Even if you do plan ahead, storms may hit at any time. If you are caught in a thunderstorm or other serious storm, try to find your way back to your vehicle or find an open clearing away from trees.
Always be on the lookout for wild animals in their natural habitat, including bears, elk, moose, deer and snakes. Do not, under any circumstances, approach or try to feed a wild animal. Keep all of your food properly stored away at your campsite so as to not attract animals. If you do come across a wild animal, stay calm and slowly move away from it.
Be sure to clear the area of all debris and avoid building fires in areas with overhanging branches or near tents and other flammable items. Be sure to have a bucket of water, shovel and a fire extinguisher nearby and in case you need to put out the fire. Never leave the fire unattended and never use flammable fluids to start a fire. When you are done, be sure to completely extinguish the fire.
If you or a loved one has been injured by another party’s negligence while on a camping trip, it is important to know what your legal options are. To speak with an experienced Minneapolis personal injury attorney, contact the offices of TSR Injury Law at (612) TSR-TIME or submit our contact form.