It doesn’t matter when we go camping; we know for sure, there’s going to be at least one campfire. It adds warmth and joy to our camping trips. Apart from all the fun around a campfire like roasting marshmallows, sharing stories and laughter, making memories, a campfire can also be dangerous if not handled properly. It can easily change a cheerful evening into a nightmare. Every year, thousands of children and adults are rushed to the hospitals to treat burn injuries caused by campfire accidents. To have a campfire that is fun and safe, we have outlined some safety tips that will help prevent campfire accidents.
1. Build fires only in designated rings or pits that are on dirt or gravel – not on grass. If the fire pit does not have a metal ring, place rocks around it. This will prevent fire from spreading beyond the fire pit area. Make sure there are no overhanging tree limbs or power lines above the burning site.
2. Ensure the pit is at a considerable distance from buildings, vehicles, tents, campers and inflammable items.
3. Clear the area around the pit of any grass, dry leaves, sticks and other debris.
4. Do not start a campfire if it’s windy. A sudden burst of wind can blow sparks or burning debris onto an inflammable surface, starting undesired fires that may lead to campfire injuries.
5. Have spare wood stacked upwind and away from the campfire so that no sparks hit the pile of wood. Make sure sufficient wood is gathered, so that nobody has to leave the campsite later to collect extra wood.
6. To build the fire, use small sticks and dry twigs initially. Then gradually, start adding larger pieces of wood. The largest pieces of wood should be added last and placed in such a way that they are pointing towards the centre of the fire.
7. Do not attempt to ignite a fire using inflammable liquids such as gasoline, diesel fuel, or lighter fluid as they can be dangerous and cause accidents/severe injuries.
8. Always keep your campfire small and manageable. A recommended size would be a 2ft x 2 ft x 2ft fire.
9. Supervise children and pets near the campfire. Make sure they do not play, stand or sit too close to the fire. Educate children on the technique “stop, drop and roll” in case their clothes catch fire.
10. Remember to keep a bucket of water or sand as well as a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergencies. Ensure the campfire is never left unattended. There should be one adult responsible to oversee the campfire at all times.
11. After the fun is over, put out the fire thoroughly using water or sand. Coals when not cooled or extinguished properly can remain hot for up to 24 hours. To be sure that they are out, the ashes and embers should be stirred until it is apparent that they have all been cooled.
Prevent campfire accidents with the above mentioned tips.
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