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Campfire Safety

Campfires are a staple on any camping trip and there’s nothing like a good fire in the fall.  The warmth of the fire along with all of the fun it brings is unforgettable.  Unfortunately, there are way too many campfire accidents that occur around this time of year.  So, before you get yours going, follow these simple safety tips to ensure a safe, fun time.

Safety Proof Your Surroundings

A person starting a campfire

Before making your fire pit, make sure the area is cleared.  Avoid making it near any low hanging branches, brush, or bushes that can easily catch fire.  You also want to keep tents, chairs, or any other flammable items far enough away from your fire pit.  If your pit does not have a ring around, make a circle made of rocks to create a border.

Don’t Leave Your Fire Unattended

It’s easy to get distracted and walk away from your fire when you are having fun.  However, make sure at least one person is always keeping an eye on your fire while it is burning.  Be especially mindful if there are children or pets with you not to leave them alone by the fire.

Keep Water Nearby

Sometimes wind or a large piece of wood can cause your fire to grow bigger than you can handle.  Always keep water nearby in case you need to extinguish it quickly. Controlling your fire is very important when it comes to safety.

Safely Extinguish

burning campfire logs

Put your fire out when it is time to go to sleep.  Although you can do this a few ways, putting water or dirt on it are the best options.  Make sure the coals are wet and no longer hot before you turn in for the night.

By keeping campfire safety in mind, you ensure your safety as well as others with or around you. Remember should you need us, ServiceMaster Restoration is available 365 days a year, 7 days a week.  We offer the best in professional water and fire mitigation services and work hard to offer you peace of mind.