Camping is S’more Fun when You’re Prepared


Camping Preparedness

June has been recognized as National Camping Month since the 1970’s, and this year the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) wants you to enjoy your summertime outings safely. Wood-burning campfires, charcoal barbecues, and propane stoves all have the potential of turning a great family trip into a tragic consequence.

Whether you’re enjoying California State Parks, local parks, or federal lands, it’s important to follow a few tips:

Be Responsible

  • Do not burn dangerous materials like aerosol cans, pressurized containers, glass, or aluminum cans.
  • Make sure your pets and children are supervised if near fire. Pour lots of water to drown out the embers and remember if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.

Campsite Safety

  • Secure our food and trash. Using a bear-proof box or containers is best but you can also double bag your food and trash and leave it in the trunk of your car.
  • If you see a bear, do not turn and run. Try waving your arms and yelling as loud as you can.
  • Carry bear spray and try to camp in groups.

Get Alerts

  • Go to to sign up for local emergency alerts specific to your campsite area
  • Check in with the local ranger or campsite manager on any current concerns in the area

Make a Plan

  • Plan evacuation routes out of the campsite in case there’s an emergency.
  • Tell a loved one or neighbor about your plans so they can send for help if you don’t return on time.

Pack a Bag

For more resources on camping safety see below:

Camping Safety Tips

Camping Rules and Safety