In 2019, one of the most beloved bears in history celebrates his 75th birthday. That’s right, it’s Smokey Bear. Highlighting campfire safety for as long as many of us can remember, this is one mission all campers can get behind. So, take a walk, or drive, down memory lane with these key campfire safety tips for your next RV rental
Check For Burn Bans and Weather Hazards
Everyone loves sitting by the campfire on a cool night telling stories and roasting marshmallows. Before cracking open the chocolate and graham crackers, make sure there aren’t any burn bans in the area. This information is generally available on your campground’s website, at the onsite ranger station or on message boards throughout the grounds. You can also keep an eye out for Smokey Bear signs, which have the current level of fire danger updated daily.
Just because there’s a burn ban doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite camping treat! Simply bake these delicious s’more bites
ahead of time and take them with you!
Photo Credit: The First Year Blog
Only Build Campfires In Designated Fire Pits
Most sites that allow campfires will provide a designated area for that purpose. This could be a campsite grill or fire ring – generally in the form of a sheet of metal or large rocks in circular form. These structures are designed to contain fires and prevent sparks from getting out of place. Prevent a chorus of “We didn’t start the fire!” by keeping your campfires in designated pits.
Clear the Area
Even when building campfires in a designated pit, it is important to ensure that the area surrounding the ring is free of debris. Since fires can spark or pop as the wood burns, it’s best to clear the campsite. By removing any loose twigs or leaves, you can ensure that a stray ember won’t accidentally light something you didn’t intend. Plus, it’s a great way to keep the youngest members of your camping group occupied while you set up camp (parenting for the win!).
Teach and Practice Fire Safety
Campfire safety starts with adults, but children play a part too. Take the time to explain to the kiddos how to act around fire. Smokey Bear will give you two, furry thumbs up for teaching the next generation!
Extinguish Your Campfire Completely
Many campers don’t realize their fire may not be completely out when they head off to bed. Smokey recommends dumping a bucket of water on the fire, stirring the dirt around with a shovel and then pouring MORE water on the pit. Rule of thumb? “If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave!”
Remember…Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires
Smokey said it best. We’re passionate about camping, which also means we understand the importance of doing our part to maintain the natural beauty we enjoy. Check out the Smokey Bear website
to learn more about how you can appreciate your campfire while still taking steps to limit its impact.