10 Tips for Summer Fire Safety

Now that you’re all packed and ready to go on your summer adventure, it’s time to brush up on fire safety.

When visiting the backcountry, play safe around campfires. Fire safety is serious - even a small campfire has the potential to become a wildfire.

Here are 10 Summer Fire Safety Tips recommended by the safety experts at St. John Ambulance British Columbia and Yukon. Remember, camp safe and be safe!

1.      Clear the area around your campfire of all debris for at least one metre.

2.       Keep fires small and manageable and build all fires downwind, far away from your tent.

3.       Create a “kid free zone” around the campfire, grill or BBQ, especially during meal preparations. And speaking of meal preparations

4.       Use dry kindling to revive the flame, never use lighter fluid.

5.       Check with local authorities on open-air burning restrictions and follow local burning regulations.

6.       Keep up-to-date on fire bans in areas that you are camping. See here for a list of areas in British Columbia that are affected by fire prohibitions.

7.       Store all matches and lighters up high, out of children's reach. Use child resistant lighters.

8.       Never leave your campfire unattended.

9.       Keep a ready supply of water nearby.

10.   Always camp with a first aid kit! (First Aid Kits can be purchased online here from St. John Ambulance.)

If you’re driving to your camping destination, these road safety tips may be helpful! After all, you may not be able to control your kids’ behaviour, but you can control a few things before setting off.

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