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Happy Campers

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Camping is a great way to spend time outdoors during the summer, and a fun bonding experience for your family. However, being so close to nature comes with its share of hazards. Most notably, campfire safety should be properly mastered before any camping trip.

-       Check with the local municipal office about any burning restrictions or bylaws before burning grass or brush in a campfire;

-       Keep kids a safe distance away from campfires at all times, and never leave a child unattended around a campfire;

-       Campfires should never be left unattended and must be thoroughly extinguished before leaving the side.

-       To extinguish, douse campfires with water and stir the ashes with a stick to allow the water to soak in and cool the ashes and ground.

Keep mosquitos from bugging you and your children by using an effective insect repellent with a low percentage of DEET. After playing outside, make sure to check for ticks. Parents should check themselves and their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist and especially in the hair. If a tick is attached to your skin for less than 24 hours, your chance of getting Lyme disease is extremely small!