Campfire Safety

Camping season is something Canadians proudly take advantage of every summer with our picturesque landscapes and great weather. Heading to the woods and experiencing all the fun memories camping brings is a staple in our country. Activities like going for a hike, fishing on one of Ontario’s thousands of lakes or gathering around the campfire for ghost stories and s’mores, can bring a ton of excitement to your summer. Ending your day with a warm glowing fire is most camper’s tradition to ending the day. Properly building and extinguishing your campfire is crucial to lowering the risk of an accident.

Campfires are at high risk for injury if not handled with care and proper supervision. An unwatched or carelessly built campfire can result in a dangerous situation that could have been easily avoided by following these helpful tips:

 

Preparation

Being prepared is crucial when building a fire. The first step is knowing whether you are allowed to even do so or not. A fire ban may be in place due to the weather and the potential for wildfires to start. There should be postings by Ontario Parks or local rangers that indicate if there is a fire ban or not, typically indicated by a coloured gauge. The wind is also another weather factor to consider as strong winds and flames create greatly unsafe conditions that can lead to an injury. Should an injury take place, it is critical to handle everything that follows with care and caution. The experts at Dye & Russell are fully prepared to help you on your road to recovery, beginning with a free claim assessment.

 

Location

After ensuring that there is no fire ban you can move on to picking the best spot for you and your loved ones to gather around. Picking a site that is close to the water and sheltered from the wind is key in creating a safe space. Limiting the possibility of fire spreading and having access to water in case of a spread or burn emergency could save lives if an accident occurs. Our lawyers at Dye & Russell are experienced with injuries involving campfires and utilize their in-depth knowledge towards getting what you deserve.

 

Building

Once a spot is chosen it is time to prep the area–build your fire away from anything that may be flammable such as tents, dry/dead grass, unsafe chemicals, or overhanging branches. The ground should be even to build a pit with a perimeter of 10-feet or more to act as a safety zone.

After your logs are in place you are ready to start your fire. Gather some crumpled paper or a fire starter to light the logs and do not use any flammable liquids such as gasoline. Injuries involving gasoline and campfires can be traumatic and can even result in death. Remember to STOP, DROP, and ROLL if ever caught on fire and in danger of being burned. If you or a loved one have suffered a personal injury it is critical you reach out to a professional injury lawyer like the ones at Dye & Russell to have your claim assessed.

 

Extinguish

Never leave your campfire unattended. Once it is time to turn in for the night make sure to extinguish the flames properly and safely. The best course of action is to allow the wood to burn down to ashes and then douse the remains with water while stirring to ensure everything is out and cooled. Camping and conversations around a campfire are memorable for years to come, so it is best to follow these safety tips to make those memories good ones.

 

Accidents do occur even when precautions are taken– If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, contact the professionals at Dye & Russell today for your FREE Claim Assessment and more helpful resources. Reach us toll-free at 1-877-883-6171 or visit us online to speak with a live agent. Your road to recovery is important to us.

 

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How to Practice Campfire Safety This Summer

In Ontario, summertime is often synonymous with camping season. Each weekend, city residents hop in their SUVs and head out towards the water or woods for much needed serenity. Camping is a fun filled activity, and campfires provide the ideal location for family and friends to huddle together and enjoy one another’s company.

However, fire can be unpredictable, and it can take only a brief moment of absentmindedness for your entire weekend getaway to go up in flames. Unfortunately, only 1 second of contact with a campfire can cause a 3rd degree burn, and many children are burned the morning after a fire due to the leftover heat from hot ashes.

If you plan to hit the campsite this summer for a little R&R, ensure that you consider these campfire safety tips to avoid injury:

Campfire Planning

Before you head out into the wilderness, it’s imperative that you conduct a little pre-planning. Double check that there are no open-air burning restrictions or fire bans. You should also ensure that you scan the weather forecast for indications of any unsafe conditions that can affect your campfire, such as strong winds. Furthermore, before any flame is lit, it’s important to have a fire safety chat with your family and friends, so that everyone can be prepared in the case of an emergency.

Once you’ve arrived

 After your arrival, once you are ready to build your campfire, there is more to consider in terms of where and how to maintain it. Use an existing fire pit, and if this is not possible, use rocks to construct a fire ring. When choosing a location to build your fire ring, it’s crucial that you avoid areas near any tents, trailers, overhanging branches, or tall grasses, as these are all extremely flammable.

When starting your fire, do not burn aerosol cans, pop cans, garbage, or use flammable liquids to ignite it. While your fire burns, be sure to keep a pail of water and shovel nearby in case the flames begin to rise. Furthermore, any stacks of wood should be placed upwind, so that flying embers cannot ignite the woodpile.

Your fire should never be left unattended, and any horseplay should be discouraged within the vicinity of it. If you’re traveling with small children, keep them away from any matches, and restrict them from adding logs to the fire or stepping near it. Clothing should also be monitored, as the risk of children’s apparel catching on fire during marshmallow roasting is high.

Putting out the Flames

Leaving the wood from your fire to burn to ash is the best route to take, and all embers must be drowned in water before a fire can be considered put out. After you’ve doused your flames, stir the ashes and embers until the material cools.

While campfires are a classic bonding location, they also pose a high risk for burn injuries. It’s imperative that precautions are taken to minimize the risk of injury, and precaution begins with education. By educating yourself and your family members on fire safety measures, you can ensure that your weekend getaway is injury free.

If you have been injured, and need legal assistance, call #1000 on your cell phone for free. We will offer you a free claim assessment.

 

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