Safety will make you a happy camper


June 27, 2014

Ah, nature. Besides the mosquitoes, nothing says summer like a getaway to the great outdoors.

As you wind down from the stress of packing up and driving to the cottage or campsite, the CSA Group, a leader in testing and certification, wants to remind you to stay safe on land and water this summer with these tips.

Boats and Cottages

* Always wear a personal flotation device and never consume alcohol while operating any vehicle.

* Make sure that certified carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke alarms are properly installed outside all sleeping areas.

* When opening your cottage for the season, carefully inspect all appliances and electrical cords for damage from rodents or insects.

* Ensure boats and cottages are equipped with proper emergency safety equipment, including first aid kits and fire extinguishers.

CO and Smoke Alarms

* Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. To prevent CO poisoning, fuel-burning equipment should only be used in well-ventilated areas.

* Test each unit at least once a month because the threat doesn’t take a vacation.

* Change the batteries at least twice a year. A good routine is to change them at the same time you reset your clocks for Daylight Saving Time.

* Be sure to use the correct type of batteries.

* Follow the manufacturer’s detailed operating instructions.

Camping stoves and lanterns

* Fuel-burning equipment such as stoves, lanterns and cookers should only be lit outdoors and at least nine feet from tents, combustible materials and vehicles.

* Before use, carefully inspect parts for leaks, blockages or damage.

* Keep flammable clothing (and eyebrows) away from open flames, and carefully monitor children and pets around fuel burning devices.

* Before packing up equipment, make sure it is completely turned off and cool to the touch.

Have a great and safe summer — and don’t forget the bug spray and sunscreen.