Friday, July 8, 2011

Smokey Bear's Seven Campfire Safety Tips

Remember, only YOU can prevent forest fires!

Have you thought about a safer way to have a warm, crackling fire in your camping area? Smokey Bear has seven tips for you and your parents to follow when you want a campfire. Always ask a parent to help you when around a fire because fires can be dangerous!

  • Dig a small pit away from overhanging branches. (Most parks have campfire pits ready and waiting for you.)
  • ·         Circle the pit with rocks or be sure it already has a metal fire ring.
  • ·         Clear a five-foot area around the pit down to the soil.
  • ·         Keep a bucket of water and a shovel nearby.
  • ·         Stack extra wood upwind and away from the fire.
  • ·         After lighting, do not discard the match until it is cold.
  • ·         Never leave a campfire unattended, not even for a minute.

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