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Safety Tips To Help Make You A Happy Camper

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. For more information on CSA Group visit