Outdoor fires

Every year, 6,000 people end up in an ER with burns from a campfire or backyard bonfire. Here are some reminders to help you enjoy your time in front of the fire.

For a safe outdoor fire:
• Build it a safe distance from anything flammable.
• Don’t use accelerants to start it or freshen a dying fire.
• Don’t start it in a strong wind, and be sure to check all DNR restrictions.
• Supervise children at all times.

When finished with your fire, douse it completely with water. If not completely extinguished, fires can stay hot for up to 24 hours.

Build a better fire:
• Start small, with tinder (dead dry plants and grasses) and kindling (small dry sticks).
• Arrange kindling and logs like a log cabin or teepee will ensure good airflow.
• Good airflow leads to naturally controlled fire growth.
• After the fire is lit, add logs from smallest to largest.
• Starting a fire is an adult’s job, always keep an eye on children around any fire.

Never use accelerants:
Accelerants were never meant to be used to start fires, and they cause a fire to be unpredictable and uncontrollable.
• Gasoline
• Kerosene
• Butane
• Propane
• Aerosols
•Camping fuel

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