Whether you’re camping under the stars in the back country miles away from anyone or hooking up your RV in a full-amenity trailer park, you can’t afford to be careless with fire. Follow these safety tips to help keep your campfires safe and fun this summer.
OBEY FIRE RESTRICTIONS: Weather conditions can influence whether or not you can light/have a campfire. Most national, state and provincial parks will post warnings but if you are unsure, a park ranger or local fire department can inform you on what the current fire restrictions are. Please respect and obey all fire restrictions!
1. Build a campfire that is in a pre-existing fire ring or pit when possible.
2. Should you need to create a fire pit create a ring of rocks to prevent the fire from spreading. KEEP 3 feet from tent walls, dry grass, and foliage.
3. DO NOT allow children or pets within 3 feet of the fire pit.
4. NEVER leave children unsupervised. Teach/review with children how to stop, drop (cover face) and roll should their clothing catch on fire.
5. Keep a bucket of water and a shovel nearby in case you need to extinguish the flames quickly.
6. Stack extra wood upwind and away from the fire.
7. Keep the fire small enough to be extinguished quickly and easily.
8. NEVER leave a campfire unattended, not even for a minute.
■ Totally extinguish the fire before you go to sleep or when you leave the site.
■ Douse the fire and coals with as much water as possible. If water doesn’t do the trick, shovel dirt on top of it.
■ Not sure the campfire is out? Where there is smoke there IS POTENTIAL for fire. Smoldering coals can easily reignite. Hold your hands close to the logs/coals to feel if they are still radiating heat. If they are, continue to douse with water or dirt.
Learn more at https://smokeybear.com/en/prevention-how-tos/campfire-safety