1. If you have younger kids, always have an adult sleep across the front opening of the tent, so that children do not wake up before you and wander off undetected. Many toddlers and preschoolers have been killed because they snuck off before the adults were awake and drowned in the river or otherwise got themselves into trouble.
2. Pay attention to where you pitch your tent. It should be around 200 feet (or about 70 steps) away from a lake, river or stream. Next, look around for potential falling objects: never pitch a tent beneath old dead trees or large, suspended branches. You should also avoid rock fall zones, such as beneath steep hillsides or cliffs that could send a boulder tumbling you way if it rains. Then tent should be laid out on a durable surface, and you should avoid depressions in the land where rain might pool.
3. Be sure to use all tent anchors and ensure they are securely affixed to the ground or another object. Never use rocks to hold down anchors, as the wind can pull them free. Much like bounce castles, strong winds can send an unsecured tent airborne, injuring the children inside.
1. Don’t let children run or play around the campfire. Print a campfire safety coloring sheet for your child
2. Try to put up physical barriers around the campfire that would stop a child that is running and playing from accidentally falling into it. Something as simple as a bench or lawn chairs can provide physical barriers. Clear the area around the fire of any rocks or debris that could pose a tripping hazard.
3. Have kids sit several feet back from the campfire since an explosion in the fire could send a hot coal flying several feet away.
4.. When finished with a campfire douse it with water or cover it with dirt to ensure it is completely out. Many forest fires are ignited when campers leave a fire they mistakenly assume has burned itself out.
Camping safety rules for kids
1. Teach children the dangers of drinking water out of a river or stream.
2. Teach children that if they ever get lost, they should “hug a tree” meaning they should stay put where they are until help arrives. A lost child often takes longer to find because they continue moving, getting themselves more lost, and sometimes doubling back to areas that rescue crews already searched.