Camping Safety

Make sure you have a safe camping season and avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning this summer by:

  • Leaving all camping appliances like camping stoves, space heaters and barbeques outside of enclosed spaces.
  • Knowing the symptoms of CO poisoning – nausea, headache, dizziness, confusion, & unconsciousness.
  • Bringing extra clothes, blankets, flashlights and batteries in case of an emergency so you aren’t tempted to bring fueled appliances inside when it’s cold or dark.

How much do you know about CO?

Play the game below and see if you can find all of the safe and unsafe spots in each of the campsites.

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Carbon Monoxide: the silent killer.

It can be neither seen nor smelled, which is why Carbon Monoxide (CO) is known as the silent killer. It can overcome its victims undetected.

Prevent your next family camping trip from becoming a family tragedy.

Click the hotspots on the image above to learn more about aspects of camping safety and how to prevent the risk of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning while camping.

Unsafe Camping 01

Portable fuel burning appliances, such as this lantern and space heater should never be operated inside.

CO gas can build up quickly in enclosed spaces and make you sick – or worse!

Use flashlights and blankets instead!

Unsafe Camping 02

Use fuel burning camp stoves in well-ventilated areas only.

CO gas can build up quickly under tarps, awnings or this portable shelter, which has been set up over the picnic table and camp stove.

Unsafe Camping 03

A car parked this close to a tent can be dangerous.

Once the car is running, even for short periods, it could quickly fill the tent with poisonous CO gas, harming those inside.

Unsafe Camping 04

Propane cylinders this close to open spark or flame are at great risk of explosion!

Always store cylinders in an upright position, not on their side to avoid propane leakage.

Unsafe Camping 05

This camp fire is placed dangerously close to the tent and other hazards.

CO gas is produced when carbon placed fuels do not burn properly. A smoldering fire this close to the tent could give off harmful levels of CO gas.


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Carbon Monoxide: the silent killer.

To learn some helpful tips for preparing for and setting up a safe campsite, click the hotspots on the image above.

Safe Camping 01

These campers are camping smart!

They brought flashlights to see at night, and plenty of extra blankets to keep warm instead of using portable gas heaters or lamps that may cause CO poisoning.

Remember to always bring along extra batteries!

Safe Camping 02

This camper is being smart! He set up the shelter over one end of the picnic table to provide shade and shelter from the rain during meals.

The propane camp stove is on the uncovered end of the table, so any CO gas produced will escape into the open air.

Safe Camping 03

The car is parked at a far enough distance to the tent, so that if it were running, it would not flood the tent with CO gas.

Parking nose-in creates even more distance between sleeping areas and the vehicle's muffler.

Safe Camping 04

These campers are storing their propane cylinder safely:

a) in a well ventilated area
b) away from open flame or spark
c) away from direct sunlight
d) in an upright, secured position away from people traffic and sleeping areas

Safe Camping 05

These campers have set up their camp fire a safe distance from the tent and any other flammable or combustable materials.