Hardly anything like sharing moments with friends and family over a bonfire. It’s easy to forget about the risks of outdoor fires when we’re roasting marshmallows and enjoying time with friends. It may be one of the most enjoyable aspects of camping, and it can give much-needed warmth to hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts during the colder months.
It is your responsibility to maintain and extinguish it in order to prevent wildfires. You can never have a bonfire that’s really risk-free. Bonfires can pose a significant threat to public safety and property destruction. Abandoning your campsite before the fire has been totally extinguished, may result in forest fires or the death of another camper.
If you believe that having a bonfire is really important, you should adhere to the safety precautions outlined below.
Bonfire Safety Measures:
- Check the weather forecast. Never start a fire on a windy night.
- Obtain permission to build a bonfire in the area where you want to do so. Carefully check your state’s rules and regulations before starting a fire.
- Since fires can spread quickly, keep some water on hand at all times. Make sure you’re ready in the event of an emergency.
- It’s crucial to keep an eye on the children as well as the campfire. This will assist in the safety of both you and your loved ones.
- Don’t light aerosols, canisters, or anything else that contains foam or paints. Some compounds are highly flammable and, if warmed, may start a fire or emit toxic fumes. It’s probable that most of the things will explode, causing injury.
- It’s important to use dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace. This means that no railroad ties, nothing coated or treated, and no furniture should be thrown into the fire.
- The mound should not be greater than 5 feet by 5 feet to keep the flames contained.
- After the fire has been out, turn over the charred remains with metal shovels and rakes and soak the area with water.
Keep in mind the following:
Remember to dress accordingly — Be sure you’ve got clothing that won’t catch fire while lighting a fire, sitting near it, or putting it out. Jumping sparks may cause rubber sneakers or flip flops to catch fire, therefore it’s best to wear hard-soled shoes instead.
Keep an eye on your alcohol consumption — When relaxing around the fire, keep track of how much liquor you and your friends drink. Excessive drinking can cause people to be careless, such as putting things in the wrong bins or being too close to an open flame, which can be harmful.
Extinguish the flames in a safe manner — After the fire has been out, distribute the ashes with a shovel and allow them to cool. Gently pour the water over the ashes while keeping a close eye on them to ensure there are no flames left. Place the cooled ashes in a metal container that has been specially designed to hold ashes. You must not leave the area until you are sure the fire is totally extinguished.
Extinguishing Your Bonfire:
- First and foremost, douse the blaze with water!
- After that, combine the dirt, ashes, and leftover embers in a mixing bowl. It’s essential to clear any smoldering coals from partially burned firewood and sticks.
- Once the coals have been doused in water, stir them to make absolutely sure they are completely submerged.
- Touch the coals, embers, and any partially burned wood that may be present in the fire with your hands. Check to see if everything is entirely cool to touch. Make sure there aren’t any embers beneath the pebbles.
- Continue for yet another minute, then add more water when you think you’re done!
- Lastly, check the entire campsite for any possible spark or ashes, as a raging wildfire can start with just one.
- It is indeed important to remember if something is too hot to the touch, it’s also too hot to leave.
Please take a moment to completely extinguish your campfire to avoid a wildfire spreading to neighboring trees and vegetation.
According to the National Park Service, reckless campfires or bonfires with burning embers and other flammable objects cause about 85% of all wildfires in the United States. It will be more pleasurable for those who know how to keep themselves and others safe around a campfire.
Stay safe and secure.