16. Keep Pets on a Leash
Emphasize to kids that the family dog has to stay leashed for protection. He or she could get lost, or get into a fight with a wild animal.
17. Always Bring a Whistle & Flashlight
Pack several loud, lightweight whistles for kids to wear around their necks at all times. Also bring along several flashlights to be used at night. Make it fun–and increase the chances they'll carry their safety gear--by inviting kids to choose their own colors.
18. Learn Fire Safety Rules & Practice Them
Before you go camping, give your children age-appropriate lessons on fire safety. Make sure they know their fire safety rules by heart, and follow them at all times. Weenie roasts and sing-a-longs are great ways to enjoy a campfire at a distance, with supervision.
19. Don't Touch Lanterns, Stoves or Grills–They're Hot!
Children are naturally inquisitive, and they need to be told to stay away from camp equipment, including hot surfaces like lanterns, cook stoves and grills. Encourage little helpers to pitch in at mealtime by setting the table, instead.
20. No Fire or Candles in the Tent
Even the smallest flame can catch an entire tent on fire. Just like at home, make sure kids know not to play with matches, lighters or candles, especially in the tent. Let them know the only lights allowed inside the tent are flashlights.
Talk to Your Kids: Finally, children understand more than we give them credit for, and kids follow rules more willingly if they understand the reasons behind them. Be sure to take the time to explain the purpose of each camping rule to your kids. They'll feel more secure knowing what's expected of them, and you'll be able to relax and enjoy the adventure. Happy camping!
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