What could be better than getting to your camp site, setting up and then making a big campfire to enjoy as the sun sets? Sure, it is one of those little things that we love on RV adventures, but a little care goes a long way to making sure that a campfire accident won’t spoil your fun.
Out of Control
Some of the leading causes of forest fires are out-of-control or abandoned campfires. People love roaring campfires, but in dry places, burning ashes will float in the air and possibly touch down in some dry brush, leaves or grass. This is especially a problem in areas that haven’t had rain for a while. Leaving a fire burning when you leave an area is especially dangerous.
Water is the Key
One of the most common safety tips around a campfire is to always have a bucket or two of water in close proximity. Small fires that flare up outside of the fire ring can easily be doused with some water. When leaving, dump a bucket of water onto the fire, stir the ashes and dump another bucket of water over that.
Build a Campfire Correctly
Build your campfire from scratch, and never use a liquid accelerant. Lighter fluid, kerosene or gasoline use is the wrong way to start a fire, and if you are not extremely careful, fluid can spill and ignite in places where it shouldn’t. Use wood tinder and kindling for a base, then matches, a lighter or a sparker to start the fire. Build it slowly with dry wood pieces to always keep it under control.
Never build a campfire in anything except an RV park fire ring, or a commercially made self-contained fire pit. These burning places are especially made to contain a fire and prevent accidents.
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