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Summer Fire Safety: Camp Fires

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Keep safe this summer with our handy camp fire safety guide.

With the weather starting to pick up you’ll be forgiven for taking every chance you get to enjoy the sunshine! For many families in the UK sunny weather means a chance to enjoy the great outdoors with a camping trip.

Recently we covered what you can do to stay safe when having BBQs this summer in our article Summer Fire Safety: BBQ Preparation. In this post we’ll talk about ways you can ensure you and your family and friends stay safe when building and lighting camp fires.

Camp Fire Location

Choosing the right location for your camp fire is nearly as important as how you light and maintain your fire. The area you choose should be in an open clearing away from trees, bushes and overhanging branches. If possible you should also choose a sheltered area which won’t be affected by the wind.

Building Your Fire

To build a fire you’ll need tinder, kindling and fire wood. All 3 are essential to build a successful camp fire. All materials used in your fire should be dry so that they burn properly. Freshly cut wood and branches that still have moisture can spit and spark when burned, creating a fire hazard.

It is strongly advised that you avoid lighter fluid when lighting your fire and you should NEVER use fuels such as petrol to help the fire burn. These materials are highly flammable and control over the fire can quickly be lost if you use them. Stick to natural, traditional methods and you will be more likely to stay safe.

General Camp Fire Safety

  • Never leave your camp fire unattended.
  • Keep children and animals away from the fire at all times.
  • If it’s too windy, avoid lighting a camp fire.
  • Always build your fire on flat ground – fire travels quickly uphill.
  • Only ever use natural materials on your fire, put your rubbish in a separate bag.
  • Ensure that your fire is completely extinguished before leaving the area. You can cool the ground by pouring water over the ashes and covering the area with earth.
  • Be aware of local restrictions and rules on the camp site.
  • Travel with a small fire extinguisher or fire blanket to help put out uncontrollable fires.

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