Dangers To Look Out For When Camping This Summer

Camping is almost always a safe and enjoyable activity. But there are certain dangers that are worthwhile considering while planning your summer camping holidays. Being aware of the dangers and knowing how to minimise risk can help you and your whole family to stay safe and happy. Here are some dangers to look out for when you are camping this summer.

The Sun

Though the sun can be a very welcome sight – especially when enjoying a camping holiday – it is important to remember that it can be a hazard too. Take care when camping in hot weather not to catch the sun, or become dehydrated. It may sound obvious, but spending too much time out in the sun is easy if you are enjoying yourself and not really thinking about your surroundings.

Water

Many camping holidays take place near water – the sea, lakes, rivers or other waterways. You and your family may be tempted to get into the water to cool off when the weather is warm. Swimming in the wild, or paddling, can be great activities for family camping trips. But it is important only to enjoy the water where it is safe to do so. Sadly, people are killed each year swimming or getting into difficulty in water. Be wise and be careful, and make sure your kids are in your control and in sight at all times near water.

Algae

Speaking of water – blue-green algae is another potential danger in some areas. Swimming in water with this type of algae can be dangerous. Bloom and scum forming blue-green algae can produce toxins. Toxin producing blooms are called Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).The toxins can kill wild animals and pets and in humans can cause rashes on the skin, and illnesses if swallowed. Though unlikely to kill a human, ingesting these toxins can make people very ill. Not all algae produces toxins nor are they all dangerous – but since the harmful ones are hard to identify, it is best to stay away from water if you are in any doubt.

Ticks

Ticks are present across most of the UK and some carry Lyme Disease. While the chances of contracting Lyme Disease are extremely low, it is important to remain vigilant. If you have been out and about in the countryside on a camping trip then it is a good idea to check yourself for ticks when you get back to camp. If you do have a tick, this should be removed with tweezers, without twisting and without pulling the tick apart. If you have had a tick on you, remain vigilant for any signs of infection. If you are infected with Lyme Disease you will see a target shaped rash at the site of the bite within 3-30 days. Again, it is important to realise that this is very rare, but it is a good idea to be aware of the problem and be mindful of ticks when out and about.