October 28, 2003
Flame resistant tents can still burn
(HealthDayNews) -- If you're planning an autumn camping trip, protect your tent from possible fire with these suggestions from the Shriners Hospitals for Children:
- Even tents labeled flame resistant can burn, so keep all sources of heat or flames at a safe distance.
- Pitch your tent at least 15 feet upwind from grills and other sources of flame.
- Have an escape plan and be prepared to cut your way out of the tent if a fire occurs.
- Use only battery-operated lights in or near tents.
- Keep a fire extinguisher or a bucket of water available at all times.
- Maintain at least a three-foot clear area, free of leaves, dry grass, or pine needles, around grills and tents.
- Thoroughly extinguish all fires, and turn off fuel lanterns and stoves before leaving the campsite or going to bed.