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6 Important Safety Tips For Your Next Campfire

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Jun 30, 2016

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A lean to barn building can be used as a nice shelter or you could use it for storage with the option of closing one or both sides or fully enclose it.

Camping can be a fun activity for families throughout the summertime. For some families, this involves building a campfire, whether it's in the backyard, the woods, or a nearby resort. I don't know about you, but I like roasting marshmallows by the campfire and enjoying a delicious s'more or two. Consider a few tips that can help make building a campfire a safe, pleasant experience.

Six Important Safety Tips for Your Next Campfire

  1. Keep a Bucket of Water Nearby. Whether you intend to build a small fire or a large one, it's always a good idea to have a bucket of water nearby. Consequently, if the fire begins to get out of control, you have water right there to put it out before the situation goes any further.
  2. Don't Build a Fire Near Hanging Branches. If you plan to make a fire in the backyard or in the woods, it's best to build it at least ten feet away from hanging branches. A fire that suddenly flares up can touch low-hanging branches, spreading the fire to a tree. This could lead to a very dangerous situation in a short amount of time.
  3. Never Leave a Campfire Unattended. When you're camping in the woods or at a resort, it can be tempting to leave your campfire to go exploring. Unfortunately, it only takes a few seconds for a fire to flare up and get out of control. A campfire that is monitored at all times has less opportunity to create a dangerous situation.
  4. Pick a Safe Place to Store Extra Wood. If you're building a campfire in your backyard or in the woods, make sure you place the stack of extra wood upwind from your campfire. This way, if the wind picks up and your fire starts to spread, your wood pile will be safely out of reach.
  5. Prepare the Area for a Campfire. Spending time preparing the area for a campfire can help to prevent any accidents. The first step is to find an open spot to build your fire. Next, clear stray sticks, needles, roots, and other flammable items away from the edges of your fire ring. As a note, green pine trees and their needles are especially flammable. The goal is to keep your fire contained within the fire ring at all times.
  6. Make Sure to Completely Extinguish the Fire. Pour water on your campfire to extinguish it. Next, use a shovel to mix the wet embers and ashes with the soil. Wait several minutes, and then lightly touch the embers and fire ring to make sure they feel cool. If not, pour more water on the mixture. Before leaving, walk around the campsite and look for burning embers that may have escaped the fire ring.

If you plan to build a fire at a campsite or in your backyard, be sure to consult your local laws regarding building fires. Some cities and towns have specific regulations about where a fire can be built and how large it can be. Happy camping, and thanks for reading! - Alan

 

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