Tips for Keeping Campfires Safe

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Sitting around a campfire with family and friends can be a great way to enjoy Canada’s Great outdoors.
Here are some tips on how to keep your campfires safe.

Choosing a site

  •  Pick a site that is close to a water source and sheltered from the wind
  •  Build your fire on a rock surface or bare dirt
  • Build the fire at least three metres away from logs, stumps, trees and overhanging branches
  •  Make sure the fire is 15 metres away from buildings or tents

Preparing the site

  • Clear a space about two metres wide
  •  Remove pine needles, grass, leaves and twigs
  •  Ensure you have a pail of water and a shovel to control the fire.

Building your campfire

  •  Keep the fire smaller than one metre high and one metre wide
  • Small fires are safer, easier to control and easier to put out
  • A small fire will also keep cooking tools from blackening and let you get close enough to cook.

Stay nearby

  • Never leave a campfire unattended
  • If you start a campfire, make sure you keep it under control and put it out before you leave.

Putting the fire out

  • Use the following steps to put out your fire:
    1. Pour lots of water on the campfire
    2. Stir the ashes with a stick
    3. Pour on more water.
  •  Repeat these three steps until:
    – The ashes don’t hiss
    – Everything looks wet
    – No more smoke comes from the ashes.

Fire safety tips for kids

–  Always have an adult supervise when you’re around a fire
– Never play with matches or fireworks
– If you see a fire burning with no people near it, tell an adult immediately.

One last tip – don’t forget the S’mores!


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