Camping holidays can be exciting for the whole family. There are, however, some risks you need to be prepared for with safety items for camping.
Injuries by slips, trips and falls, sunburn and injuries by fire or explosions are particularly common among campers, as are insect bites and stings. Poorly maintained or defective camping stoves can also cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
Unpredictable weather can not only increase the risk of slips and falls on wet, possibly muddy pathways or on wet flooring in campsite facilities, it can also result in nasty colds or, in extreme cases, hypothermia. Packing the right items for camping trips can, however, help to prevent many of these injuries.
Safety items for camping
To prevent poor health brought on by changing weather conditions, items for camping should first of all include sufficient warm sleeping bags and bedding, as well as clothing suitable for all types of weather. Prevent injuries by slipping, tripping and falling by:
- Choosing a tent with brightly coloured guy ropes that can be seen in the dark (guy ropes
are among the top campsite trip and fall hazards). An alternative is to attach fluorescent tags to the ropes.
- Packing a torch (at least one, two are better still) and spare batteries
- Packing sturdy footwear with good grip for outdoor adventures and trips to campsite facilities during bad weather periods
- The risk of sunburn and insect bites or stings can be minimised by including sunscreen and insect repellent in your ‘items for camping’ packing list.
Lighting and cooking
There are many gas or liquid fuel powered lanterns available for in-tent use. These lanterns do, however, represent a risk of injury by fire, so consider packing an electric one instead. To prevent injuries by fire, explosion or scalding while cooking, it is essential to pack:
- A well-maintained, safety-checked camping stove and suitable fuel, which should be used and stored according to manufacturer instructions
- Pots and pans with good, solid handles
- While a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket may not prevent camping injuries altogether, they do help to minimise them. You should also pack a fully stocked first aid kit for minor ’emergencies’.
More advice on camping safety is available at: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Healthyholidays/Pages/Campingsafety.aspx.
If someone else caused a campsite accident during which you sustained a personal injury, you could be eligible to lodge a personal injury claim against them.
Call one of the confidential 24/7 Accident Advice Helpline freephone numbers, 0800 689 0500 and 0333 500 0993, for landlines and mobiles respectively, now to learn more about claiming for compensation after camping accidents.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice