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Tent Fires

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.
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