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Outdoor Safety

Electric-powered mowers and other tools should not be used in the rain, on wet grass or in wet conditions. Inspect power tools and electric lawn mowers before each use for frayed power cords, broken plugs and cracked or broken housings. If damaged, stop using it immediately. Repair it or replace it. Always use an extension cord marked for outdoor use and rated for the power needs of your tools. Remember to unplug all portable power tools when not in use. When using ladders, watch out for overhead wires and power lines.

Campfire Tips

  • Dig a small pit away from overhanging branches. (Most parks have campfire pits ready and waiting for you.)
  • Circle the pit with rocks or be sure it already has a metal fire ring. 
  • Clear a five-foot area around the pit down to the soil. 
  • Keep a bucket of water and a shovel nearby. To extinguish the fire, cover with dirt or pour water over it.
  • Stack extra wood upwind and away from the fire. 
  • After lighting, do not discard the match until it is cold. 
  • Never leave a campfire unattended, not even for a minute. Always put out a campfire when going to sleep or leaving the campsite. 

Camping Safety Tips

  • Use flame-retardant tents and sleeping bags if possible, but assume tents and sleeping bags are flammable and be careful with fire.
  • Keep stoves, lanterns and candles out of tents. 
  • Place campfires and stoves away from tents or sleeping gear, keep fire downwind. 
  • Extinguish fires before going to sleep. 
  • Keep cooking, heating and lighting equipment in good repair and follow instructions in its use. 
  • Don't smoke cigarettes, pipes or cigars near sleeping bags.
  • Avoid using carbon monoxide releasing charcoal and catalytic products in unventilated areas. 
  • Transport flammable liquids in safety containers, keep them capped, out of tents and away from children.