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Prepare for Camping Safety

Camping Safety

It’s National Camping Month, so we had some camping safety tips to keep you safe on your big trips this summer.

Make sure you get vaccinated before your next camping trip to protect against diseases.

When you’re packing to camp, make sure you separate raw and cooked food in waterproof containers and keep them in a cooler.

Packing Smart

 

Put together a camping first aid kit with this list from the American Red Cross.

Be Prepared

 

These tips can help you set up your tent safely.

10 Tent Tips for Happy Camping
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Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by never using fuel-burning equipment in an enclosed shelter and don’t set up your tent too close to the campfire.

Cooking Smart When Camping

 

Protect yourself from poisonous plants while hiking.

How to Prevent Contact with Poisonous Plants
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Use insect repellent with DEET to fight mosquitos and ticks to avoid bites and some diseases.

Protect Yourself While Camping

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Flaming Hot

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There’s a good reason to make sure you’re always cooking your meat to the right temps: foodborne illness.

Foodborne illness, or food poisoning, is when you eat or drink foods that are contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites, or even poisonous chemicals. There are more than 250 different foodborne illnesses. The top 5 are the most dangerous.

Myths vs. Facts

Myth: Food poisoning is rare and not that serious.

Facts:

Foodborne Illness Stats
Statistics via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Myth: I will know if I have food poisoning.

Facts: Food poisoning is often blamed on things like “a stomach bug,” but it can have many symptoms.

The most common symptoms are nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. You could experience all of these or just one. It really depends on what caused it.

Myth: This happened because my food was dirty.

Facts: There are lots of reasons this can happen.

Fresh fruit and veggies can be contaminated if they’re washed in tainted water or touched by unwashed hands or sick people who help process the food.

Some healthy animals have certain kinds of bacteria to help their digestion. These can come in contact with the meat you eat during processing. Salmonella, one of the most dangerous foodborne illnesses, can infect a hen so that its eggs are infected from the start.

Leaving raw food to thaw out of the fridge or leaving cooked food out for too long, like at a potluck or BBQ, can let bacteria grow.

Food coming into contact during cooking with raw meats or dirty cutting boards and knives can spread the bacteria to things that were clean!

What Should I Do?

First, make sure you’re washing your fruits and veggies after you buy them and storing things safely.

Heat can kill bacteria, so always make sure you cook your food to the right temperature. You can do this by using a food thermometer.

Place the thermometer in the thickest part of the food, but it shouldn’t be touching bone or fat. Check the temp toward the end of cooking but before you think it will be done. And make sure to clean it well with hot, soapy water between each use.

Use these handy guides to cook and grill your food to safe temperatures:

Meat & Poultry Temperature Guide
Image via Food Network

 

Grill Master Guide
Image via Visual News

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