Camping season is in full swing and will continue well into the fall. While it might be a little too warm to sit by the campfire this time of year, the seasons will soon change and the temperatures will begin to drop. If you love to make s’mores or roast wieners, it’s important to take the necessary precautions before and after building a fire. Below, we’ve shared a few fire safety tips from Sholeh Patrick for the Hagadone News Network.
Plan it well
Patrick says that before you start a campfire, you need to make sure they are allowed at your location and select a site away from power lines, overhanging limbs, buildings, cars, equipment, rotten stumps, dry grass, and leaves. A good rule of thumb is to leave a clearance height of three times the original height of the wood pile. You should also be sure to check the weather forecast for possible changes and surround the ground around the fire with wet gravel or mineral soil. Patrick also recommends keeping the fire contained in a barrel, small pit, hibachi, or barbecue unit.
Safely start and manage the fire
Patrick says that when building a fire, start with small twigs and sticks. Then, add larger sticks as the fire grows before putting on the largest pieces of wood. Patrick advises campers not to use flammable liquids to ignite the fire or keep it burning and to discard matches only after they are cold. Additionally, she says that campfires should be kept small and extra firewood should be stacked upwind. Finally, she recommends that campers have plenty of water nearby and never leave a fire unattended.
For the rest of Patrick’s tips, click here to read her article in its entirety.
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