Staying Safe When Camping David Cole / August 15, 2020 With so many of the usual summer attractions closed due to COVID-19, many families are getting back to basics and going camping. Some are trying it out for the first time. Camping doesn’t have to be a complicated endeavor, but a little bit of preparation can go a long way in making sure your trip is enjoyable and avoiding tragedy. We hope that your camping trip is packed with great memories, but should you get hurt, due to someone else’s negligence, we are here for you. Before You Go Spontaneity is great, but don’t skip these necessary steps: Check for fire restrictions in the area where you plan to camp. Even if you’ve checked ahead of time, check again on the day you head out. Conditions change daily and so do the rules. If you violate fire restrictions, you could face a fine and jail time, and worse, you could start a wildfire that destroys homes and takes lives.Check the weather. Always check it right before you go, but don’t rely on the forecasts to be accurate. Severe weather can pop up suddenly. Be prepared for severe weather no matter what the forecast predicts.Tell someone where you are going and when you are returning so they can call search and recue and point them in the right direction if you don’t return.Take a first aid kit, matches or a fire starter in a waterproof container, and enough food and water. If you can, take a water filter or purification system in case you have to drink stream or lake water. When You Go Dress appropriately, wear layers, and take a change of clothes in a water-proof bag.Use plenty of sunscreen.Take your cell phone, but don’t expect it to work. Same goes for your GPS. While You’re Out There Know how to recognize flashflood areas and plan your escape route if you must be in them.Never leave a campfire unattended.Don’t store your food inside your tent. It attracts wildlife. If your camping injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence or a defective product, in Vermont or New Hampshire, the Cole Law Office can help. Call us at (800) 909-LAWS (5297) or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.