Many highlights of camping trips are those late nights you spend with your friends around a camp fire. You may have read previous articles about how to build a camp fire, but you also must know the precautions to take when you are around any fire source. It is also easy to forget that there are many other sources of fire while camping. Here is a list of fire safety tips you may find helpful to be familiar with while camping.
1. Make sure you have new batteries in any smoke alarms you have in your campers. You have to remember to do this in your house, so why not remember to do so before you go camping also? You should also be sure that you have gas detectors in your campers and RVs as well just in case there is a gas leak.
2. Don’t let your campfire get out of control. It is always fun to have a large, blazing fire to sit around, especially on those cooler nights, but be sure to keep the fire reasonably low. If you are camping at a campground and your fire gets out of control, you could get in trouble by the owners also.
Many campgrounds enforce rules on the time that the fire has to be out as well. Just remember to comply with all rules at the campground. If you are camping on private property or out in the wilderness, be respectful of nature. You still need to keep your fire low as a precaution so you don’t catch anything else on fire.
3. When you do make a fire, start it away from trees, brushes, cars and your campers. Do not start your fire under an awning either. Even though it is outside of your camper, the heat will rise and could start your awning on fire.
4. Do not put plastic in the fire. Do not put items in the fire that will not burn. This is not only a fire hazard but it is also extremely bad for the environment. Be sure to respect nature at all times while you are camping.
5. You should only use lighter fluid when absolutely necessary. It is a bad habit to use lighter fluid every time you start a fire. It is not good for the environment and it could become an extreme fire hazard if you are not careful about where you pour it or store it after you use it.
6. Do not ever leave an open fire unattended. Even if the fire is about to die out, make sure you watch the last coal die down before going to bed. If you can’t stay up long enough for it to go out, there are ways for you to smother the fire.
If you are near water, throw a couple buckets of water on the fire before bed. If there is no water available, smother the fire with sand or dirt. Make sure you see that there are no hot coals in the fire before going to bed.
7. When you are cooking on a grill, be sure that it is a safe distance away from your camper, tent, car, trees and brushes. This is just another precaution to avoid starting anything else on fire or getting it too hot. You should also not grill under an awning. The grill could get too hot and the flames could rise, catching the awning on fire.
8. It is always a smart idea to have a fire extinguisher nearby. Sometimes it is best to have more than one spread out around camp so that there is always one readily available. Make sure everyone knows where each of the fire extinguishers are around camp and that everyone knows how to use them.
9. Make sure to only use propane and gas stoves in areas that are well ventilated.
10. Fireworks, sparklers, bottle rockets and anything else of the sort are often popular items to bring while camping. You must make sure you are extremely cautious when using these items.
Some places do not allow any fireworks so make sure you know the rules of the campground before using them. These are popular items to use especially around Independence Day. Be sure to not use these around any other fire source, especially gas grills and the campfire.
They should only be used under adult supervision and lit by an adult. Take extreme caution with fireworks as well as all of these other tips. You can never be too safe when it comes to fire hazards.