The hot days of summer are coming and that means that it is time for camping. Families love to get away for a weekend or even a family two-week vacation. While camping is a lot of fun, there are some precautions you should take.
Wild Animals– Many camping spots are surrounded by wooded areas, which means you may encounter a wild animal such as bears, mountain lions, cougars and coyotes. You want to avoid getting near wild animals and do not feed them either. You can watch them at a distance while they are in their natural environment.
Mosquitos– Oh those pesky mosquitos! You are trying to enjoy a nice campfire but instead you find yourself swatting mosquitos left and right. Mosquitos may carry the West Nile Virus, so it is important that before you head out to the campfire, spray everyone with bug spray that contains DEET. DEET is designed to deter and repel mosquitos.
Sun Protection– It is important to wear sunscreen when you are outdoors in the summer. Even if it is an overcast day outside, your skin can still get sunburned in a short period of time.
Campfires- Campfires are great for roasting marshmallows, telling ghost stories or just relaxing with family. However, they can also be dangerous if you don’t take a few precautions. Make sure the fire pit is not on grass or close to trees, bushes and shrubs. Never use things like diesel fuel, lighter fluid or gasoline to start a campfire, as these may cause serious injuries. Also, always keep a pail of water close by, just in case of emergency.
Swimming– Depending on where you are camping, there may be a lake or river. If you plan on going swimming, be sure you check the weather forecast first since weather conditions can change rapidly. Also, be sure to swim only in designated areas, usually marked off with ropes and buoys and enter the water feet first, rather than diving in, until you know the water’s depth.
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