Safety Corner: Campfire Safety
By Megan Griffin-Adams
Summer may be winding down, but there's still plenty of time to enjoy the beauty and warmth of a campfire in the great outdoors! Singing campfire songs, toasting marshmallows, and spending time with your favorite people -- what could be better?
While campfires are beautiful, it's important to remember that they can be dangerous, too. Before planning your next backyard bonfire, check out these safety tips to ensure a fun tie will be had by all!
Be aware of weather conditions; don't plan a fire in windy, or extremely dry conditions
Chose an open and level location for your fire
Make sure you have a source of water nearby at ALL times
Don't burn dangerous items such as aerosol cans, glass, or aluminum cans
Keep your fire to a controlled, manageable size
Make sure children and pets are closely supervised
NEVER leave your fire unattended
When you are done with your fire, extinguish it completely -- pour lots of water on the fire, and drown all the embers (not just the red ones)
REMEMBER: if it's too hot to touch, it's too hot to leave!
We hope you find these tips helpful. Stay safe and enjoy!