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.
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