With the long weekend fast approaching there is no better way to celebrate than cozying up next to a campfire, roasting some marshmallows, making s’mores and enjoying some time with your friends and family. But all it takes is one spark, one hazard or one carelessly built campfire for something to go wrong. To help keep everyone safe this long weekend and this summer here are a few campfire safety tips to keep in mind:
What is Recreational Open-Air Burning?
Recreational open-air burning is a small, controlled and contained fire for the purpose of cooking, warmth or personal enjoyment.
Check with your local fire department about open-air burning restrictions and follow local burning regulations.
For Huntsville and Lake of Bays, here are a few rules:
- Maximum device or a fire pit size is with a burn area no larger than two feet by two feet or 61 cm x 61 cm in size.
- Burning to be conducted between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 am from April 1 to October 31.
- Burning to be a minimum of 6 meters (19.5 feet) in all directions from adjacent properties
Important Tips to Remember
- Avoid campfires on windy days- as sparks from the fire could travel and ignite.
- Build campfires in fire pits provided, in a metal fire pit or on bare rock or sand, if no fire pit is provided.
- Build campfires where they will not spread; well away from tents, trailers, dry grass, leaves, overhanging tree branches or any other combustible- be sure to inspect the area before ignition.
- Maintain a 2 to 3.5 meters (6 – 10 foot) clearance around your campfire.
- Use crumpled paper and/or kindling to start a fire rather than using flammable liquids.
- Keep campfires to a small, manageable size no more than 1 meter (3 feet) high by 1 meter (3 feet).
- Never leave campfires unattended. Ensure that a responsible adult is monitoring the campfire at all times.
- Keep plenty of water and a shovel/rake around to douse the fire when you're done. Use caution when applying water to the campfire- ensure others are far away as you douse it and always douse away from yourself.
- Be sure that your campfire is fully extinguished when you are finished!
Campfire Safety and Children
Supervise children around campfires at all times and never allow horseplay near or involving the campfire, such as jumping over a campfire or running around/near the campfire. Children love to roast marshmallows and make gooey treats, closely supervise them while roasting treats over a campfire. As well be sure to secure all lighters and matches and keep them out of reach. A good tip is to teach children about the STOP, DROP and ROLL should their clothing catch on fire. Never leave children unsupervised around the campfire.
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