Volume 6 Issue 1
Camping Health and Safety Tips
As the summer approaches, families will begin to make camping plans. Camping is a great time to be outdoors and enjoy the natural wildlife. Before you pack your tents, visit the CDC’s very helpful webpage Camping health and safety tips. There is information on avoiding ticks and mosquitoes (which can transmit a variety of diseases), preventing water-related illnesses and injuries, avoiding wild animals that may carry rabies, Hantavirus or other diseases, following food safety practices, and more. Be sure to also read the Packing Checklist for campers to help you prepare for a safe camping trip.
Safe Drinking Water for Camping
One of the exciting things about camping is being near beautiful lakes, streams, and rivers. Although the water might appear pure, it can still be contaminated. The water may look and smell fine, but may contain harmful viruses, parasites, bacteria, and other contaminants. Campers and hikers who drink untreated water directly from lakes and streams are at risk of becoming ill with Giardia, Shigella, Cryptosporidium, and other waterborne diseases. Children, pregnant women, and people with weak or compromised immune systems are most at risk from waterborne illnesses.
To learn how to protect yourself against these diseases, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) webpage Drinking Water – Camping, Hiking, Travel.