There’s no better way to spend a cool summer evening then in front of a warm campfire. Toasting s’mores, socializing with friends, and spending time with family is what campfires are all about. However, a simple campfire can become an issue if basic safety precautions are not followed.
Big or small, a campfire always demands attention. Make sure you are always paying close attention to your fire so you can calm it before getting too out of control. Remember, the bigger the fire, the greater the risk for danger. Keep your fire small and only add more wood when necessary.
When building a fire pit, make sure it is at least 10 feet away from any combustible structure. Also, the fire pit should be enclosed by brick, stone, metal, or other type of flame-resistant enclosure.
Before lighting your fire, make sure that you check the wind direction. Avoid lighting a fire if it is a considerably windy day. Also, always keep the area around your fire pit tidy—leaves or dead branches could lead to your fire accidentally spreading. Try to avoid using lighter fluids when starting a fire.
When it comes time to extinguish your fire, the best way is to spread the ashes out before gently pouring water over them. Let ashes cool down for a bit, pour more water over them, and wait until it looks like they are completely out.