SAFETY & FIRST AID WHILE CAMPING

  • Always check weather forecast and conditions for the area before you leave.

  • Always check your first aid kit prior to leaving on your trip and top up anything that may be missing or not in good condition. Always have plenty of bandages, sterile wipes and rinsing solutions, antiseptic creams, tweezers, scissors and pain medication.

  • Always supervise children, especially toddlers when near water and in areas that could potentially have dangerous conditions or wild life. Camping is an exciting time to have a bit of extra freedom but it is always important for the adults to access the environmental factors first.

  • When we arrive at a new destination and once we have set up we always have a family meeting to establish the environmental conditions and set some family rules for the trip.

CAMPFIRE SAFETY

  • As exciting as a campfire is, it is very important to teach your little legends safe fire habits when camping to avoid any accidents.

  • Before lighting fires, always check the conditions, local fire permits and environmental factors. Always start the fire a safe distance away from tents or other camping furniture in designated areas (like rocks around it identifying to others that a fire has been there so others don’t accidentally stand on it).

  • Never play or run around a camp fire.

  • Use water to extinguish a fire, never use sand. Sand will hold the heat for a very long time and could potentially cause an accident if someone stands on it. Never leave a fire going while the campsite is unattended and put it out before going to bed at night.

  • Never use flammable liquids to start your campfire.

  • Never use portable gas appliances inside tents or vehicles.

If an accident occurs, you need to follow emergency instructions, stop drop and roll, and call Triple Zero (000) immediately. Stay on the phone until the emergency phone operator hangs up. Cool the burn area as soon as possible by applying cold water for at least 20 minutes and seek medical assistance as soon as possible.

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