Wednesday, June 29, 2016

5 Easy Ways To Stay Safe During Camping Season

Bison Fire's 5 Camping Safety Tips

Summer has arrived and many people are eagerly booking campgrounds and organizing weekend-long camping trips out of the city with family and friends. While it’s a great way to enjoy the warmer months and get out of the city, it’s important to be mindful of camping fire safety while enjoying the wilderness.

With that in mind, here are 5 handy camping fire safety tips to remember before you pull out those hotdogs and marshmallows:

1. Be mindful of your surroundings

Staying safe while camping begins well before you light the campfire. When searching for an appropriate fire pit location (if there isn’t a fire pit provided where you’re camping) make sure to remove branches, twigs, leaves, and other flammable materials which may catch fire due to embers escaping from the fire.

Additionally, make sure to set up your tents, chairs, and food and beverage coolers a minimum of 8 to 10 feet away from the fire.

2. Make sure your fire pit is safe

Most campgrounds will have fire pits already set up in designated areas, but if it’s not already ready to go when you arrive, and it’s important to take extra precautions because you don’t know who was using the fire pit before you.

  • If there’s no metal ring or encasement for your fire pit, circle the pit with rocks.
  • Remove any flammable items away from the fire, including aerosol cans and pressurized containers.

3. Keep water or a fire extinguisher close by

You never know when a large, unexpected gust of wind may sweep through your campground and push the flames in an unexpected direction, or carry the embers farther than you anticipated.

This is why it’s important to keep water and a shovel nearby, because if something catches on fire you can quickly douse it with water and earth to prevent it from growing.

Keeping a fire extinguisher on hand is also a great idea. All newer campers have them. Ensure it's in working condition, and readily available.

4. Mind your fire

It’s easy to get distracted and take your eye off the fire, but whether you’re camping alone or with friends and family, it’s critical to make sure that the fire is always being tended to.

  •   If you’re camping alone, keep the fire in your line of sight at all times.
  •   Don’t leave the campsite if your fire is still going, or if you’re camping in a group and have to leave, make sure someone stays to watch it.
  •   If you’re camping with pets or small children, keep them away from the fire at all times.

5. Extinguish your fires before bed

It can be easy to forget to put out your fire, especially after a long day or night of food and fun, but the last thing you want is to wake up in the middle of the night to a forest fire! When extinguishing your fire make sure to douse it in water or dirt, and to stir it with a shovel to ensure that all of the embers have been adequately coated.

Camping just isn’t the same without a fire, and with a few steps and a watchful eye you can make every camping experience a safe and enjoyable one.

For more information about fire safety, contact a technician from Bison Fire Protection at (204) 237-3473.

If you can make it Burn, We can put it out!

 

Posted by Rob Read at 11:34 AM

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