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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!

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