How to Safely Start a Campfire
With spring slowly approaching we are all looking forward to doing more outside. This includes a lot of outdoor activities but one I am going to talk about specifically is campfires. Campfires are a great way to kick back and relax on any day of the week, but it is important that we start one safely. With starting any fire there are many risks and many things to consider before starting one as well. Below I am going to list 4 steps from starting to properly putting out a campfire.
1. How to Prepare a Campfire
Preparation is key when starting a fire, check with your county’s local restrictions. They should also have information on their website and will tell you if the conditions are ok to start a campfire. You will also need wood, a water source, shovel, and a way to start the fire.
Picking a safe location is something to consider. If you have the opportunity to use a premade fire pit that will be your best bet. If you have to build one from scratch make sure you dig a hole about a foot deep where the dirt is dry. Also make sure there is not anything flammable within 15 feet and look for things that can catch fire above it.
2. How to Build a Campfire
One of the most common campfires lay is called the Teepee. To build this type of fire, lay tinder sticks in a teepee formation with enough space for air to get in. This formation will keep the fire burning steady as long as you add when needed.
3. How to Maintain
Now that your campfire is burning it is important to keep an eye on it. Accidents can happen in an instant when fire is involved. Watch children and pets to make sure they do not get close. As the fire continues to burn keep adding larger pieces of wood until the fire gets to the size you want it at, but make sure you keep it under control.
4. Extinguishing the Campfire
Properly extinguishing your campfire is the most important step. If any part of your campfire is still lit, embers can blow and start a fire. The best way to extinguish your fire is wait until it is burned down to ash. If you need to leave before it gets to that point pour water on to the fire slowly and stir in some dirt with your shovel. After these steps see if your fire is still hot, if it is repeat these steps.