Tent safety rules

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Tent safety rules
Camping in a Tent Can be Fun if You Follow the Rules. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Maria Ly)

Camping with a tent can be a fun way to leave the world behind for a few days. By following some basic tent safety rules you can enjoy your camping trip safely.

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Geography

Place your tent away from large overhead tree branches. Do not put your tent in a low-lying area in case of flooding.

Campfires

Even though most tents are fire retardant, you should still build your campfire downwind and at least 15 feet from your tent.

Standing Water

Ponds, large puddles and other forms of standing water can be a breeding ground for insects. Do not place your tent near standing water.

Night Safety

Make sure your tent stakes are painted with a florescent paint so that no one trips over them in the night. Wrap your tent ropes with a florescent ribbon so they can easily be seen at night, as well.

Garbage Disposal

Place your trash in a designated trash area or at least 50 yards away from your tent. Garbage left overnight near a tent can attract predators such as bears.

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