Whether you are at your lake home, at the campsite, or in your backyard, summer nights in Minnesota go hand-and-hand with campfires and bonfires. Let’s talk about campfire safety and reducing fire hazards so your family can have a safe and fun summer.
Campfire Safety Tips:
- Know the rules before you start. If you are at a campground, check the fire regulations before you start. If wildfire risk is high, regulations may be posted with changes.
- Starting the fire safely. Don’t use fire accelerants such as lighter fluid, gas, kerosene or other flammable liquids to start a fire. If you use a match, throw the match directly in the fire to burn or pour water on it to make sure it is completely out.
- Use local firewood. If you have stayed in a Minnesota State Park, you are aware of the rules about not bringing in your own firewood. This helps reduce insects and diseases that can live on firewood and can spread.
- Have water nearby. Before you start your campfire have a bucket of water nearby. If flames start to spread, the water can be poured on the fire to put it out. A shovel can also be used to put dirt or sand on runaway flames.
- Only use firepits. Campgrounds will have a designated fire pit or fire ring where campers are allowed to build fires. Check the fire rules for remote areas. Invest in a fire pit of fire ring for your home or lake home that contains the fire and is ample distance away from any buildings, branches, power lines, or other hazards.
- Practice campfire safety basics. Campfires don’t need to be huge and roaring to cook your food and provide warmth. As branches and logs slowly so the fire does not get too big. Pay attention to the wind and place anything flammable (including firewood, clothing, and tents) at least 15 feet away from the fire.
- Teach campfire safety to kids. Campfires are the leading cause of children’s camping injuries in the United States. Talk to your kids about campfire safety and review basic fire safety rules like how to stop, drop and roll if their clothes catch on fire.
- Don’t leave a campfire unattended. Never leave a campfire unattended, even briefly. When you are done with the fire, dump water on it and stir the ashes with a shovel or large stick. Dump more water on the campfire to ensure that it’s not hot to the touch.
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