It’s finally here – hiking and camping season! With the sun staying out longer, there are more opportunities to share plenty of gooey s’mores and campfire tales. While making memories in the great outdoors is definitely encouraged, it’s important to take safety precautions while you plan for your trip. Below are a few tips and reminders regarding fire safety that should be considered before you head out on your family adventure:
1. Check for any wildfire updates or campfire restrictions!
The Government of Canada has provided a website (at http://cwfis.cfs.nrcan.gc.ca) that keeps track of any ongoing wildfires. It also highlights areas in Canada that may be at a higher risk of one, so it can provide a proper heads up while deciding on a destination. For those readers outside of Canada, be sure to check your own local sites for any news on ongoing wildfires and campfire restrictions.
Every province’s website has a webpage that keeps up to date records on current campfire restrictions, so make sure to check the site frequently!
2. Follow campfire guidelines.
If there are no current campfire bans, ensure that proper protocol is followed to prevent forest fires. Some things to remember are:
Have at least 8 litres of water and a shovel to be able to put out the flame properly. Wait until the fire is extinguished completely, and make sure to double check the site as some ashes may still be burning.
The larger the fire is, the harder it is to control. A recommended campfire size spans 19 inches by 19 inches. Comfortable enough for warmth, small enough to extinguish easily!
If there is an ongoing campfire ban, there are alternatives available! Propane campfires are available in most department stores and are safe to use.
3. Do not leave children unattended by open flames.
Children aren’t as resistant to hot and cold temperatures, which makes them more vulnerable to injuries such as burns. While marshmallows look soft after being roasted by the fire, avoid touching them! They are extremely hot and need to be handled with care.
4. Lastly – accidents.
They can happen — so in the event of an accident with fire remember to stop, drop, and roll! Put out the flame as quickly as possible, and find the nearest first responder/clinic available to treat the burn and prevent further injury.
So the next time you find yourself planning for a camping trip, remember these tips to make sure that while you and your family is out there having fun roasting those scrumptious s’mores, you’re taking all the possible safety precautions for a fun, memory-filled adventure.