Safety Tips for Stoves & Lanterns

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    • Being as children are a big part of camping, the use, refueling and storing of a stove should only be done under a knowledgeable adult.
    • Use only approved, undamaged fuel containers. Keep them far from open flames and any other source of heat.
    • When you need to changed the compressed gas cartridges, or when you need to refill liquid fuel containers, allow the stove (or lantern) to cool completely .
    • Refill stoves or lanterns outside away from any other flames or heat source. For liquid fuel use a funnel and then allow any spilled fuel to evaporate before attempting to ignite.
    • Place your camping stove on a cleared, level surface. On snow, place it on a large piece of plywood. This will keep the stove warmer and reduce the tendency for it to tip over.
    • Check stoves, hoses and tanks before each outing. Check for bent valves, cracked hoses and stripped treads that could cause leaks and possible explosions.
    • Keep the fuel tanks as far from the actual camping stove as possible. Always keep your head and body to one side when lighting in case it creates a flare up.
    • Never leave a lit stove or lantern unattended.
    • Do not over load the stove. These are not made for heavy duty cooking but transportability. If anything larger then a 2 quart pot is needed, setup a second grill and place the stove under it.
    • Do not discard empty containers. If they are not refillable, they should be disposed of properly being as the dumpster at the campsite might be disposed of by burning all refuse.
    • Camping stoves or lanterns must never be used inside a tent or any building with poor ventilation.
    • All canisters should be bright red or at least marked well so they don’t get confused with water bottles
    • Carry fuel cartridges away form all foods. This may mean carrying it on the outside of a back pack.
    • Shut off the supply valve at the tank before disconnecting hoses. Allow the extra gas in the line to bleed off.
    • All ways read the manufactures guide lines and follow them.

    Article from Brandon McVey – Expert Author

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