Camp Fire Safety
From our Friends from the Florida Forest Service on Campfire Safety:
Fall is the time of year when families plan outdoor camping trips and gatherings. The forest also plays host to outdoorsmen in search of wild game for their family’s table . Building campfires is quite common and The Florida Forest Service and Smokey Bear would like to encourage you to keep the following things in mind:
Building a Safe Campfire
- If there is an existing fire pit, use it. If not, gather several large rocks and form a circle on a piece of clear, flat ground to create your own fire ring.
- Avoid building a fire near your tent, overhanging branches, steep slopes, rotten stumps, logs, dry grass, or leaves.
- Before you light your fire, be prepared to extinguish it later – have a bucket of water at hand. Never leave a fire unattended.
- Keep your fire small – it will be easier to contain and faster to extinguish.
- Never leave a campfire unattended. Never leave children alone with a campfire.
- Campfires may be banned during times of high fire danger. Watch for signs and obey restrictions.
Putting Out a Campfire
- Keep plenty of water handy for a quick response if the fire were to escape.
- Drown the fire with water making sure all embers, coals, and sticks are wet.
- Stir the remains, then add more water and stir again.
- Carefully run the back of your hand near the surface of the fire remains to double check all heat is gone.
Practicing campfire safety will help provide memorable times for your family and will protect the outdoors for others to enjoy. Remember what Smokey says, “Only you can prevent Wildfires!”