Municipal Affairs and Environment
May 17, 2019

Public Advisory: Residents Encouraged to Use Safe Camping Practices

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment is encouraging all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to use safe camping practices while enjoying time with family and friends during the Victoria Day long weekend. Throughout the camping season, residents should make the following fire and life safety practices a priority:

  • Use a constructed fireplace whenever possible, and preferably one equipped with a grate;
  • Choose a campfire location that is downwind and away from your tent and belongings;
  • If no fireplace exists, prepare a proper fire pit cleaning three metres around your fire of flammable materials such as leaves and twigs;
  • Ensure your campfire is completely extinguished using water and never leave a fire unattended;
  • Install and maintain at least one smoke alarm and one carbon monoxide alarm in RVs or cabins near the sleeping area. Depending on the size of your RV or cabin and the placement of sleeping areas, more than one alarm may be required;
  • If using fireworks, only use in a clear, open area in an approved location, and monitor wind strength and direction to ensure fireworks do not impact buildings, vehicles, overhead obstructions, or dry brush/grass;
  • Store food in a sealed storage container to avoid attracting wildlife to the camping area; and
  • Check your cell phone coverage and know your location so emergency responders can find you in the event of an emergency.

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Media contact
Erin Shea
Municipal Affairs and Environment
709-729-2575, 725-4321
erinshea@gov.nl.ca

2019 05 17                              11:10 a.m.