Fire Prevention - Campfire Safety


When building a camp or warming fire, follow these tips:

  • Keep fires small
  • Build fires in afire safe area
  • Never leave a fire unattended
  • When finished with charcoal briquettes, dunk them in water
  • Just because there is no smoke does not mean the fire is out
  • Drown and sir the fire with water until it is dead out

Tips on how to build and put out a campfire:

  • Build campfires away from overhanging branches, steep slopes, rotten stumps, logs, dry grass and leaves. Pile any extra wood away from the fire.
  • Keep plenty of water hand and have a shovel from throwing dirt on the fire if it gets out of control.
  • Start with dry twigs and small sticks. Add larger sticks as the fire builds up.
  • Put the largest pieces of week on last, pointing them toward the center of the fire, and gradually push them into the flames.
  • Keep the campfire small. A good bed of coals or a small fire surrounded by rocks gives plenty of heat. Scrap away litter, duff and burnable material within a 10 foot diameter circle. This will keep a small campfire from spreading.
  • Be sure your match is out. Be able to hold it and break the charred portion to feel for heat before discarding it. Make sure it is cold out. Conserve matches - carry a candle as a fire starter.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended. Even a small breeze could quickly cause the fire to spread.
  • Drown the fire with water. Make sure all embers, coals and sticks are wet. Move rocks – there may be burning embers underneath.
  • Stir the remains, add more water and stir again. Be sure all burned material has been extinguished and cooled. If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough soil or sand with the ember. Continue adding and stirring until all material is cooled.
  • Feel all materials with your bare hand. Make sure that no rots are burning. Do not bury your coals – they can smolder and break out.

Tips on how to be safe with charcoal briquettes:

  • After using the burning charcoal briquettes, "dunk ' em!" Don't sprinkle. Soak the coals with water; stir them and soak again. Be sure they are out cold. Carefully feel the coals with your bare hands to be sure they are cold.


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