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Fire safety reminders while out on the trail

  • Aug 12, 2016

Sitting around a campfire swapping stories and enjoying a cold drink is the perfect way to end a day of outdoor adventure. Whether you're out in the bush, at a designated campsite or even just in the backyard, exercising caution and safety is critical.

By taking a bit of time to make sure you are being as safe as possible, you can enjoy your campfire with total peace of mind. Here's a quick reminder of what you need to do to achieve this goal.

Assess your surroundings
Active reported that before you begin to build your campfire, you need to look around and make sure there isn't anything that could catch a loose ember nearby. This includes leaf litter, dry sticks and grass or even human waste that could quickly catch fire if you turn your back. Likewise, make sure there aren't overhanging branches or sticks that could become a problem.

Check the weather
Use your Pro Trek Triple Sensor watch to keep an eye on any inclement weather before setting up a campfire. High winds can not only collapse your fire and put out the flame, but could blow a spark far away from your campsite and possibly ignite a fire. Your Pro Trek PRW3500Y-4 with barometer will tell you when pressure drops and windy conditions may be setting in.

Inspect your fire pit
Trails reported that using a pre-made fire pit is the safest option. Make sure it is clean and dry to make it easy to build a fire. Also make sure there is no trash left behind that could create toxic smoke or big flames.

If you are building your own fire pit, make sure the surrounding area is clear of debris, and use rocks to create a perimeter. Don't build your fire pit too large, as that will lead to a bigger fire that may become uncontrollable or burn long into the night.

Make sure you have water nearby
Having the means to put out a fire if it gets too big is important, but another critical step is to put out any hot embers before going to sleep. For that reason, having a bucket of water nearby is an essential step for making sure your campfire is safe and contained. If water is unavailable, use sand or soil to cover up the ashes. Doing so will release plenty of smoke and soot. Extinguish your fire slowly and carefully.

Keep children and pets away
Once your fire is up and roaring, talk with any young children about staying safe, especially when roasting marshmallows or hot dogs. They will likely need plenty of reminders, regardless, so be sure to keep an eye out at all times.

If you brought your dog along on your camping trip, be sure he is being safe as well. He'll likely be cautious around the flame on his own, but if there is food or anything else that gets him a little too excited, he may need to be kept away from the fire.