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5 Tips for Camping Safely This Summer

Bonfire at a campsite

Now that we’re in the height of summer, there’s nothing better than escaping city life to go camping at one of the many gorgeous camp sites that surround Ottawa, Kingston, Belleville, Peterborough, and Cornwall. In order to ensure that you and your family have a wonderful time in the wilderness and nobody suffers a recreational injury, always follow these camping safety tips:

Wild Animals Safety

They may be cute and fuzzy, but wild animals are territorial, protective, and unpredictable. Be aware of your surroundings and always be alert. Do not try to feed wild animals, as this is a common cause of injury. Keep a safe distance – most wild animals are scared of humans and will run away. The same applies for snakes.

Bug Safety

Wear bug spray to keep away as many insects as possible and keep them from biting you. If you know you are allergic to bees, wasps, or another insect, make sure you have the necessary medical supplies with you at all times.

Sun Safety

Always wear sunscreen, even if it’s an overcast day. Reapply after a few hours or after swimming. Wear a wide-brimmed hat that offers protection for your face, ears, and neck. The glare of the sun on the water can be very strong, so wear sunglasses during the day. Keep your body safe from sunburn with light and loose clothes.

Fire Safety

There’s nothing quite like gathering around the campfire at night, but you have to be safe. Make sure your fire pit has no overhanging branches or other debris that can catch fire. You should always have material to put out a fire, whether it’s a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher. Keep fire away from tents and flammable items. Do not use flammable fluids to start your fire. Absolutely never leave fire unattended.

Water Safety

Fishing, swimming, or just lazing on the open water are certainly fun activities, they’re without risk. Everyone who isn’t 100% proficient with swimming should wear a life vest or flotation device. Wait at least 30 minutes after eating to go in the water, and never go in the water when intoxicated. Children should always be supervised near the water.

Owners and operators of recreational facilities like campsites and vacation resorts have a responsibility to ensure that their property and equipment is safe for all visitors. If you suffer a serious recreational injury while camping this summer, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Ontario Injury Lawyers in Ottawa and Kingston for a free consultation.