Camping can be a fun and exciting time, however there are some inherent dangers that can be lurking around any corner. Planning and preparing for those dangers will lead to a successful, safe and more enjoyable camping experience. Here are some valuable tips to ensure your camping experience is safe.
Some Tips for Safe Camping:
Know the local and current wildfire conditions and restrictions for where you are traveling. Check with local authorities for driving routes and road closures as they may affect both your travel route and escape plan. Know if a campfire permit is required.
Choose a campsite that has more than one escape route. Always back in your vehicle for quick escape.
Do not start a campfire without adhering to the following:
Keep all flammable liquids, cooking materials and combustible materials more than 15 feet from all campfires.
Pick a campfire site (if allowable) away from all trees, bushes, brush and tents.
Scrape away all leaves, grasses and pine needles down to soil.
Scoop a depression into the ground and place a ring of rocks around the depression creating a circle.
Cut wood into short pieces that fit inside the ring.
If the wind is blowing, light the fire in the same direction as the wind is blowing with long fire matches for safety.
Never leave a fire unattended.
Always have a fire extinguisher within ten feet of campfire or cooking areas. Keep a bucket of water and shovel nearby at all times.
Create a three-foot child and pet free area around cooking areas and campfires. At the end of cooking or campfires, make sure all items are cool to the touch before storing.
“Drown, Stir, feel and drown again.” at the end of the campfire. Drown the fire with water, then stir the area with your shovel, and wet any remaining ashes or ash. Repeat if necessary.
Do not discard smoking materials on the ground.
If asked to evacuate - do so immediately. Delay of exit may place you and others in additional danger and limit escape routes.
Do not wear loose fitting clothing around campfires or cook tops.
Teach everyone in your group, stop, Drop and Roll.
Buy a flame resistant tent and keep all lanterns and open flames outside of the tent.
Campfire protection is a priority that should always be utilized. These safety tips will assist you and enhance awareness around the campsite. Remember that while vacationing is fun, coming home safe and unharmed is your goal. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Metro Federal Fire Prevention Offices at:
Naval Air station Coronado 1-(619) 767-7269
Naval Base Point Loma 1-(619) 524-9604
Naval Base San Diego 1 (619) 556-0931