When camping, a campfire can be one of the special treats of living outdoors. However, fire safety is just as important in the outdoors as it is in the home, and following some basic campfire safety rules can ensure the wellbeing of all campers.
Pick a clear area on flat land where there is no excess debris or too many trees close by.
Get a collection of medium-large stones and make a ring around the fire pit to keep in ash and stop the fire spreading
Put your fire at least 6 ft away and downwind from your tent so there is no danger of it catching fire
Always have a bucket of water/fire extinguisher/shovel nearby to put out any sparks that catch fire.
Keep spare firewood a safe distance away so this doesn’t catch fire
Never leave the fire unattended
Don’t let children (or indeed adults!) run around the fire
Avoid using lighter fluid
Only throw wood and paper onto the fire
Keep matches dry
Follow the ‘Stop, Drop and Roll’ technique in case someone’s hair or clothing catches fire.
Stop – The fire victim must stop moving so as to avoid fanning the flames – this stops oxygen making the fire worse
Drop – They must then drop to the floor and lie flat on the ground, covering their face with their hands
Roll – The victim should roll on the ground to smother the flames and stop oxygen getting to the flames
Extinguishing your Campfire
Let the fire burn itself out, all the way down to an ashen state.
Have plenty of water available to douse out the flames and drown the embers in all areas of the fire pit. The hissing will stop when all embers are extinguished.
Use a shovel to move the embers and ashes around to see if any are still ignited. If they are, pour water on them. By the end of this, the fire should be cold and wet to the touch. NEVER leave a fire only part extinguished – this is neglectful and could result in a fire starting up after you have left the area or gone back to sleep in your tent and is therefore highly dangerous.
When you have all your fire safety precautions in place, you will then be free to start singing a multitude of campfire songs, play campfire games such as truth or dare, Twenty Questions, Two Truths one Lie or other guessing games/name games.