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While you make sure that your RV Park or campground is protected, here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to share with your campers to help them avoid illness and injury and get the most out of their camping experiences.
- Be sure to be up to date on vaccinations to guard against illnesses and infections.
- Prepare safe food and water. Pack food securely separating fruits and vegetables from meat products, and store it in a cooler. Cook to proper temperatures. Wash hands whenever handling food. Avoid drinking contaminated water by using only bottled water.
- Outdoor activities are a huge part of the camping experience. When active, use protective gear including helmets and sturdy shoes and life jackets. Avoid poisonous plants. Never exceed your physical limitations and don’t swim alone.
- Protect against carbon dioxide poisoning. Never use gas stoves, heaters or lanterns in an enclosed poorly ventilated area such as a tent or camper.
- Avoid wild animals and protect family pets. Keep food in sealed containers and out of the reach of animals. Make sure family pets are vaccinated and check them regularly for ticks. Make sure pets have food, water and shelter.
- Apply insect repellent containing DEET to exposed areas of the skin to avoid bug bites. Wear long sleeve light color pants and shirts to spot ticks more easily.
- Prevent temperature-related illnesses by keeping warm and dry on cool nights and drink plenty of fluids on hot days. Wear cool loose fitted clothing, stay out of extreme sun and rest in shaded areas.
- Protect yourself from the sun on sunny and cloudy days by using sunscreen for face, lips and body. Wear protective clothing, hats and sunglasses.
- Avoid water-related illness and injury. Don’t swallow water you swim in, shower before and after swimming, never swim alone and use life vests. Take care to avoid unintentional drowning, stay safe while boating.
- Be prepared. Bring emergency equipment and prepare for unpredictable weather.
For more information visit http://www.cdc.gov/family/camping/index.htm. Have a great summer and thanks to the CDC for sharing their knowledge and expertise.