Camping can be great summer fun. Before pitching your tent, take the time to read these tips to keep you safe and prevent injuries.

  • Pitch your tent at least 4.6 metres (15 feet) upwind from grills and fire pits to avoid your tent catching on fire.
  • Use a flashlight or battery-powered lantern inside the tent or any other closed space;
  • Heat or flame producing appliances should never be used inside or close to a tent.
  • Maintain at least a 1 metre (3 feet) clear area free of leaves, dry grass, pine needles around grills, fireplaces and tents.
  • Be careful not to spill any flammable fluid on your clothing or in the area surrounding the grill. 
  • Don’t use a flammable fluid to start a fire. This can cause an explosion.
  • Don’t wear loose clothing, sandals or open-toed shoes around a campfire.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Always be sure to put out a fire with lots of water, on and around the fire and coals before you go to bed or when you leave the campsite.
  • Make sure that sticks are long enough when roasting marshmallows to avoid leaning into the fire.     

Reviewed by Trauma specialists at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
Last updated: July 2013, October 2015


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