Glamp Fires, the s’more the merrier!
Glamping and camping don’t exist without a fire. No better place to drink that cold one and gather with your friends!
To unwind at the end of a relaxing Glamping day, nothing better then the warmth of a fire
There’s nothing like the sweet smell of marshmallows toasting over an open fire, or hot dogs roasting on a stick. But, when cooking and camping, campfire safety is of utmost importance.
So, before you get dinner started, you need to be sure you’re not just enjoying a gourmet meal, but staying safe while you do. Here are five simple fire safety tips for your next glamping adventure.
Step 1: Look Up and Around
Campfire safety starts well before the fire gets roaring. When scouting out your fire pit, make sure it’s not under any low hanging branches or near brush or bushes. These can easily go up in flames if the fire gets bigger than anticipated.
You should also keep an 8 to 10 foot radius clear of anything, including tents, chairs and food.
Step 2: Safety Proof Your Pit
While most campgrounds have a pit already dug out, it’s not always ready to go when it comes time for your first fire. Depending on who was there before, there may be some additional safety measures to take.
- Clear all debris from around the fire pit, including garbage and grass. There should be a 5-foot perimeter of soil around the campfire space.
- If there is no metal ring, circle the pit with rocks. If your fire grows in size, this will help keep it within these borders.
- Keep any flammable items far from the fire. This includes aerosol cans and pressurized containers.
If you ever have any questions, you can always call over your campground ranger. Campfire safety is their number one priority, and rangers can double check whether the pit is ready to use or not. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Step 3: Have Water Nearby
A big gust of wind or new piece of wood could cause your fire to grow larger than anticipated. In that case, you want to always have water, dirt or a shovel nearby to help reduce the flames or put it out completely if necessary. Controlling the fire can be just as important as putting it out.
Step 4: Always Watch
Whether you’re camping alone, with friends or your whole family, it’s easy to get distracted and walk away from the fire. Regardless of what is going on, make sure someone always has an eye on the fire. Especially keep an eye on pets and children that may be sitting or walking close by.
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Part of keeping an eye on the growing flames is ensuring that it’s built properly from the start. This allows it to develop at a safe and controllable rate.
- Start the fire with kindling and put the wood in a teepee shape around that. Add larger, dry pieces as it grows.
- Avoid using flammable liquids. This can quickly and easily get out of hand.
Step 5: Extinguish Before Bed
When it’s time to retire to bed, you need to put out the fire. There are a number of ways you can do this; throwing water or dirt on the fire is always the best option. Afterward, stir the embers around to ensure another fire won’t start. Ideally, the coals should be wet and cold.
Most campers will agree: camping just isn’t the same without a campfire. However, a great weekend is quickly ruined if someone is hurt or something catches flame. Keep campfire safety in mind, and the fun will surely ensue.