You risk carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning when burning fuel in enclosed spaces. Never use an engine, grill, generator, space heater, or any camping appliances that burn fuel inside tents, cabins, RVs, hunting blinds, or ice shanties.
Deadly amounts of CO can build up in an enclosed space in minutes or less. CO cannot be smelled, seen, or tasted – so it can kill you before you are aware of its presence.
☐ Keep camp stoves, charcoal grills, space heaters, portable generators, and other fuel-burning appliances outside and far away from your sleeping area.
☐ Never warm your tent with a grill or charcoal.
☐ Store fuel-burning appliances after they are cold to touch.
☐ Ensure that your sleeping area has a source of fresh air and vents for stale air to go outside.
☐ If you must use a generator, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and keep it far away from sleeping areas.
☐ Set up your tent or camper far away from any car or generator.
☐ Never have an idling car near a sleeping area.
☐ Have a working CO detector, smoke alarm, and fire extinguisher in your camper.
When spending time outdoors where tickets are often found, use insect repellent labeled to prevent tick bites. Ticks thrive in wooded and brushy areas or in fields with tall grass and can spread diseases like Lyme disease. There are many repellent products available, but not all insect repellents are effective at repelling ticks. Check the label and look for insect repellents that contain active ingredients like DEET, picaridin, and IR3535.