Watch for pegs
Most of us will trip over a guy line or tent peg at least once during a camping trip, but it’s worth reminding everyone to look out for them – especially when returning to a tent or awning in the dark. And please don’t try to push tent or awning pegs into the ground using your foot – too many puncture wounds are caused this way.
Make sure everyone is aware of the dangers of cars, caravans and motorhomes moving around the site and keeps well clear of them. Reversing caravans and motorhomes can provide particular hazards since the driver’s view is likely to be limited.
On a smaller scale, be extra careful when you are using portable steps to get into your trailer tent, caravan or motorhome. These can easily slip so it’s best to secure them to the ground if you can.
Many campsites are beautifully situated by lakes, rivers or streams but water can be dangerous if you don’t take proper care. Young children are especially vulnerable as they can drown in less than 2 inches (5cm) of water.
After the animals
If you camp in farmer’s fields you’ll sometimes find evidence of animals that have been there before you. Cattle, sheep and other animal droppings should be avoided because they can carry infections such as E.coli, salmonella and other nasties.
Children in particular can find animal droppings fascinating, so if you do find yourself in this situation, encourage children to wash their hands frequently. Make sure you wash your hands frequently, especially before preparing food or even pouring drinks. An anti-bacterial hand gel is a good first line of defence against these kinds of infections.