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