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Camp Fire Safety Ideas

Camp fire safety guide to ensure you enjoy the traditional fun way of camping and have knowledge of how to build a campfire the safe way.

It's so cool and relaxing at the end of your days activities to sit around a campfire with a good meal and maybe a beer or two but we do have to consider the safety aspects of camp fires.

Important Safety Measures To Consider

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  • Ensure fires are permitted. This should be clear as you enter the campsite.

  • National parks and official campsites may not allow campfires, be sure to check before you book your trip to save disappointment. It's easy to find out too late.

  • If you are camping in the wilderness be aware of the environment and where the fire will be set up.

  • Keep a bucket of water close to the campfire incase it gets out of hand and plenty of distance from your camping tents. It only takes a small floating piece of ember to ruin your tent.

  • Children love fires; they are intrigued by them. I have never let my children add wood to the fire because they become too relaxed about it and next thing they want put a forest on there.

  • Someone be in charge of the campfire but make it fun for the kids searching for wood and ember; the kids love this too. They just want to be involved.If they think an important job is to collect wood and pass wood to dad for the campfire there attention diverts from putting wood on the fire.

  • Never leave the fire unattended to prevent fire spreading unexpectedly.

  • Doubt the fire completely before sleeping by pouring water and soil on the burnt embers.

  • There is no need to use fuels to get it started; it can be dangerous. Build a campfire with kindling to get it started, there will be no need for fuels. Fire lighters are OK but still not needed if your wood is dry.

  • If there are poor wind conditions postpone the fire until tomorrow.

  • Make sure no cannisters, gas, hair spray or alcohol based products are close to the fire to prevent explosions. Apart from you bottle of beer of course.

  • If you will be cooking, the safe way to cook is using a cooking tripod.

  • Traditional baked potatoes are a real treat camping. Use a tea towel or something similar to prevent burns.

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