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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 450. Rules and Regulations Governing Campgrounds
7/14/2020

12VAC5-450-150. Safety.

A. The electrical installation and electrical hook-up provided to self-contained camping units and other mobile units shall be in accordance with the provisions of local electrical ordinances, or if no such ordinance exists, in accordance with the provisions of the Virginia Statewide Building Code (13VAC5-63) applicable at the time of installation.

B. The permit holder shall exercise precautions to prevent the outbreak of fires. If open fires are permitted, a definite area shall be provided within the bounds of each campsite for the building of fires by the camper, with a cleared area surrounding the fire site to aid in fire control.

C. The permit holder shall take precautions in the storage and handling of gasoline, gas cylinders, or other explosive materials, in accordance with local, state, and national safety standards.

D. The permit holder shall make provisions for the use and control of all-terrain vehicles, trail bikes, and other similar vehicles within the confines of the camping area to prevent accidents to small children and campers.

E. Broken bottles, glass, and other sharp objects shall not be allowed to create a hazard to children or others.

F. A register shall be kept for recording the names of all campers, the date of campsite occupancy by each camper, and the number and location of occupied campsites.

G. Campground permit holders shall develop and maintain an emergency response plan. This plan shall include identification of a point of contact during emergency incidents and a written plan for communicating emergency response information to campers. The plan shall also include provisions for camper safety, identification, and evacuation in the event of natural disasters, fires, or other emergencies. Contact telephone numbers for local police, fire response, and emergency medical services shall be posted in a central location in all campgrounds.

Statutory Authority

§§ 35.1-11 and 35.1-17 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-35-04 § 1, eff. July 21, 1971; amended, Volume 35, Issue 05, eff. November 28, 2018.

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