Campfire Safety

As summer fast approaches, so too does camping season. Florida is a prime state for camping, with its beautiful landscapes and warm, inviting weather. Even for families, camping in the backyard can be just as fun as the real deal.

But unfortunately, camping in an form can be dangerous for those who aren’t well-versed on safety tips, especially when it’s time to light the campfire and chow down on some s’mores. Keep reading for some key camping safety tips to keep in mind while you enjoy the great outdoors this summer.

1. Build Fires in Safe Spots

It’s critical to make sure that you choose a safe spot to build your fire, whether it’s an open fire or one that uses fuel-burning appliances for cooking. Rule number one is to ensure that the fire is far enough from your tent to make sure you’re not at risk of spark ignition, heat, and flames. Under no circumstances should any heating devices or flames be used inside a tent. Additionally, make sure you’ve purchased a tent with flame-retardant fabric to avoid any unexpected emergencies.

2. Always Attend a Campfire

It may sound like campfire safety common sense, but it can be easy to get distracted and fail to keep a constant eye on the fire. While a safe spot should prevent a fire from spreading vertically or laterally, keeping an eye is always important as these issues can still arise unexpectedly.

3. Keep the Fire Safely Maintained

Going hand-in-hand with attending the fire, you should be sure that it’s properly maintained for a steady, enjoyable flow. Once the fire is going, add larger dry wood pieces to maintain a steady burn. Do not cut live trees or use branches from live trees to light your fire. Make sure that it always stays at a manageable size to avoid surprises.

4. Extinguish the Fire Safely

The best way to extinguish your fire is to let all the wood burn into ash. Douse the fire with plenty of water – including all embers, even those that aren’t glowing red. Continue pouring water until the fire stops making a hissing sound, which will indicate that the flame is completely gone. Use a shovel to stir the ashes and to scrape logs and sticks to ensure that embers are removed.

It’s critical that fires are not buried with dirt or other materials, as fires that are still lit may continue to smolder until they reach the surface, which can lead to a wildfire!