Campfire Safety 101

Roasting marshmallows and hotdogs over a crackling campfire is one of the most popular American summer activities. When you are preparing for your next camping adventure, make sure you don't leave home without knowing basic campfire safety tips. Make Smokey the Bear proud!

Camp Fire Safety Tips

  • Water,Water,Water!: Make sure you have water and a shovel nearby the fire. These are important items because they will both help you put out a fire incase it grows out of control.
  • Start building the fire with little sticks and twigs (kindling). Add larger pieces of wood as the fire gets larger. Make sure the pieces of being wood are pointed to the center of the flame at a graduall pace.
  • Remember, campfires are not supposed to be bonfires. Keep them small. This can be done by creating a circle of rocks around the flames to help keep the fire from spreading outside of the enclosed area.
  • Matches should be all the way out before discarding them. You can tell if a match is completely put out if you hold it and it is cold or if you break it so you can feel the charred portion.
  • NEVER leave a campfire unattended. This is probably the most important safety rule. A fire may grow at any moment, and it is crucial you are there to tend to it before it gets too large.
  • When putting the fire out, drown everything in water, including the sticks, rocks, and coals. Stir together with the shovel you should have nearby until all the material is cooled.
  • Feel all materials with your bare hand to make sure nothing is still burning. DO NOT bury your coals- they can reignite if buried.

Here is to safe and happy nights over a fire! Happy Camping from WHN!

Updated 5/2009