We know that campfires can be a lot of fun – Not much beats roasting marshmallows over an open flame with the stars staring down at you. Unfortunately, campfires can also be dangerous, especially for kids. Did you know that campfire burns lead the nation for children’s camping injuries?
Preventing burns starts with all of us. Knowing how to properly start, maintain and extinguish a campfire are vital to keeping both kids and adults safe. We here at Texan Insurance have put together a few of our favorite campfire safety tips. Check them out below!
Preparing for a campfire
- Always check the local forecast. Will there be sun, wind, rain? Windy conditions can be dangerous for campers.
- Always burn in a fire ring or pit that is in an area free of debris. Keep a 10-foot cushion.
- Do not start a fire in an area with dense overhanging tree limbs. The overhead space should be at least 3 lengths higher than your fire.
Maintaining a campfire
- Do not attempt to start a fire with flammable liquids; it is safer to use dry twigs and leaves, and then to add larger pieces of wood.
- Stack your extra firewood upwind of the campfire.
- Keep a bucket of water on hand to help control the fire should it get out of hand.
- Do not leave a campfire unattended.
Extinguishing a campfire
- To extinguish your fire, drown it in water. Be sure that all of the embers have been put out.
- Use sand or dirt to mix with the embers, coal or wood. Keep mixing until the ashes are cool to the touch.
- Do not bury any burning materials as they will continue to smolder underground.
As always, make sure that your children know how to STOP, DROP and ROLL!
Source – Safety Tips for Campfires
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