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Tough Camping Safety Briefing

Fotolia_69690786_XSCamping in the Tough Zone can pose a few safety concerns but in generally a safe activity. It is always advisable to learn about potential risks associated with any activity so please read the following Safety Briefing carefully before you head off and pitch your tent.

If you are camping in the Tough Zone you are probably out in the wild rather than at an organised campsite, but a lot of the safety tips are the same wherever you set up camp.

CHECK THE AREA

    There are numerous hazards over, under and around potential pitches for your tent.

  • Check there are no sharp rocks or sticks on the ground and move them if necessary.
  • Check for overhanging branches that are rotten or could break off and land on your tent.
  • Never pitch your tent close to a water source that could flood.

REGION

    The area of the world you are camping in can pose a few risks

  • Ensure the area you choose to camp in (wild camping) is safe from avalanche, rock falls and flooding
  • Never camp near the edge of cliffs or in danger areas such as hunting zones
  • Make sure you have adequate supplies and equipment for the region you are camping in, such as warm weather clothing.
  • Make sure someone back home knows where you are camping and when you will be back.
  • Some areas are prone to mosquitoes or other pests, make sure you have the right repellent.

COOK SAFELY

    Make sure you know how to store food, and cook safely when camping.

  • Store food in airtight containers whenever possible to stop attracting insects.
  • Cook away from tents as they can burn easily and ensure smoke and fumes drifts away from open tents.
  • Ensure fire or stoves are well out and cool before moving or leaving unattended.
  • Do not leave food on the floor and bag up leftovers so it does not attract wild animals.

CHILDREN

    Campsites and tents can be unfamiliar places particularly for children.

  • Check children know where they can and cannot walk/play.
  • Keep children away from BBQs and cooking areas.
  • Make sure children know how to get in and out of their tent safely.
  • Put highlight strips on guy lines to make them stand out and not become a trip hazard.

SECURITY

    Keep you and your valuables safe and secure when camping.

  • Only take the bare essentials with you when it comes to valuables
  • Keep valuables locked in your car (if you have one) rather than you tent
  • Tents offer no sound insulation so be careful if discussing personal issues or talking about your valuables

 

Professional Training: Nothing can compare to professional training delivered by qualified trainers who can carefully guide you through how to safely learn and practice the required techniques in a controlled environment.

Medical Advice: Before taking part in a new sport or activity you should consult your doctor or other healthcare worker to identify any potential risks to your wellbeing. This is particularly important if you are pregnant, elderly, suffered previous injuries, suffering from a long term medical condition, or disabled. Whilst these conditions do not preclude you from taking part in most activities, getting advise can help you adapt to suit your individual needs.

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