Campfire Safety 101
Toasting marshmallows and roasting hotdogs over a crackling campfire is one of the most popular American summer activities. Be safe and follow these tips. When you are preparing for your next camping adventure, make sure you don't leave home without knowing basic campfire safety tips. Make Smokey the Bear proud!
Camp Fire Safety Tips
Just like in our article about backyard safety and fire pits, remember your fire should not be below any overhanging branches or around dry grass and leaves.
Water, Water, Water!: Make sure you have water and a shovel nearby the fire. These are important items because they will both help you put out a fire just in case it grows out of control.
Start building the fire with little sticks and twigs (kindling). Add larger pieces of wood as the fire gets larger at a gradual pace.
Remember, campfires are not supposed to be bonfires. Keep them small. This can be done by creating a circle of rocks around the flames to help keep the fire from spreading outside of the enclosed area.
Matches should be completely out before discarding them. Douse them in cold water and then break them in two.
NEVER leave a campfire unattended. This is probably the most important safety rule. A fire may grow at any moment, and it is crucial you are there to tend to it before it gets too large.
When putting the fire out, drown everything in water, including the sticks, rocks, and coals. Stir together with the shovel you should have nearby until all the material is cooled.
Feel all materials with your bare hand to make sure nothing is still burning. DO NOT bury your coals. They can reignite if buried.
Here is to safe and happy nights around a fire! Happy Camping from WHN!
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