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Summer camping season is upon us; here are our top tips for an accident-free adventure!

 

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Camp cooking

We might not be able to stop you from cremating those sausages on the barbeque or help with your vocals during the campfire sing-a-long, but we can keep you safe during your culinary quests…

-Never use a cooker of any kind in confined spaces like in a tent or near the opening. Always have plenty of space around the cooking area.

-If you are camping ensure sleeping accommodation is a safe distance from the fire and cooking areas. 

-If a fire should break out, make sure you have something at hand to put it out eg the correct extinguisher, fire blankets or even a bucket of water.

-Think carefully about your gas equipment. How much do you actually need, where do you store it between uses (outside – always); when was it last serviced, how do you safely transport the gas cylinders.

 

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Keep it clean

Take our advice, there’s nothing fun about spending your time at camp confined to a makeshift toilet in the woods with a dodgy tummy! Tread carefully with your drinking water and you’ll be fine…

- If you’re drawing water from anything other than a tap or bottled water, make sure you boil it first. Cryptosporidium is a parasite resistant to chloride purifying tablets.

-If you’re camping overseas, you can find guidance on water quality here: www.nathnac.org/travel

-Don’t forget: if you wouldn’t drink it, don’t use it for washing or washing up with either!

 

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The basics

Stick to basic food hygiene during camping season and make sure your summer is a memorable one for all the right reasons...

-Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water: before preparing and eating food; after handling raw food; after going to the toilet; after working, feeding or playing with pets and other animals.

-Tea towels can carry germs. Air dry crockery and cutlery as much as you can and boil or disinfect towels daily.

-Wash and/or peel fruits and vegetables before eating them with safe water.

 

You can find more advice, including what to do about risk assessments, getting a Nights Away Permit and reporting accidents, at scouts.org.uk/safety

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