If everybody knew about campfire safety, maybe we’d have a few less forest fires as Smokey The Bear would probably agree. We’d certainly have fewer campers going to the emergency room with severe burns. Think about it – it’s dark, you’re not especially close to a main road and you may not have the know-how to snuff out danger or equipment to treat a burn as soon as possible.
Not an ideal place to be caught if you’re injured or in trouble in any way.
However, your partners in campfire safety at SOS Technologies have the resources you need to keep a level head in the midst of a campfire getting out of control and causing danger to property and people. But even if that does happen, we also have some fast solutions you can employ to treat a victim.
Use a fire pit or ring that’s already present for your fire.
Why is a pre-designated fire pit or ring better? These pits tend to be on gravel or dirt, which is less flammable. If you absolutely have to build your own fire pit, you can do so, but be careful to ensure the area is not on grass, dry leaves or sticks. Your pit should be encircled with rocks or already have a metal fire ring.
Check out the surrounding area – and keep it clear.
Before you ignite a fire, should you really have the tents that close? Or that wood you stacked up right next to it? If a gusty wind came along, wouldn’t that bag of garbage you placed nearby catch fire? Survey the area around where you plan on building the fire and ensure there is a healthy buffer of at least five feet around it that’s free of any debris, if not more.
Here’s what can turn a fire into an inferno.
The last thing you want to do to ignite a fire is use gasoline, lighter fluid, diesel fuel or any other type of liquid that can cause a fire to rapidly grow in size beyond two feet in any direction. And by the way, do NOT light a fire with matches and then carelessly toss them aside immediately – chances are, those matches haven’t cooled yet.
The fire is out, but how hot are the coals?
A big mistake we see that sidesteps campfire safety is a half-hearted attempt to drown the fire. The flames are technically out but people don’t always pour water over the entire area. This leaves room for error in which coals can remain hot for many hours. A child or pet races through the ashes and – you guessed it – they’re looking at a serious burn. So as you pour a bucket of water around the extinguished fire and coals, mix it thoroughly to see to it that the area has been cooled. Keep children away from the area regardless, just to be on the safe side.
Someone has just been burned – what do you have on hand?
They got too close. A flame touched an article of clothing. You helped them stop, drop and roll, but the accident has left the victim in need of medical attention due to a serious burn.This is where you’ll be glad you have our Mountain Series Guide Medical Kit, which happens to have just the items for burn care to provide temporary first aid, including GlacierGel™ Blister & Burn Dressing. It’s the only first aid kit made for your campsite you’ll ever need. Follow the link above or give SOS a call today at 705.6100.