Camping without a campfire is not camping at all. Late night conversations and games around the camp fire and marshmallow roasting are essential for a pleasant camping experience. However, you ought to be aware of the fact that camping with a campfire is not just all fun. Such entails a certain degree of responsibility. If you are planning to put up a camp fire and/or if you are planning to cook during camping, you should be well aware of some fire safety tips.
a. Choose a camp site which has a camp fire pit. This will ensure you that you will be capable of controlling your camp fire. If there is no fire pit, set up your own. However, you should be careful not to place the fire pit near your camping tent.
b. Keep your camp fire away from the nearby bushes, trees, and other flammable materials. Make sure that your fire pit materials are well organized. Place your campfire materials in a place far from the actual fire pit.
c. When you set up a camp fire, make sure that you put the camp fire materials in its right order. This can help you make sure that there will be no flying debris once you light up your fire. Put the light materials first such as paper or dried leaves. Then, put the wood and dried twigs. Lastly, make sure that you place boundaries of stone and pebbles around the camp fire pit.
d. When you set your camp fire, make sure that they are low. Keep it away from bushes, dried leaves, trees, automobiles, and your camping tent. Put out the fire by the time specified by the campground management staff.
e. Never burn plastics and other toxic materials. Such will disturb your neighboring campground guests. It will also significantly pollute the air and promote the risk for fire spreads.
f. Do not use lighter fluid every time you attempt to light your camp fire. Use it only when all other fire making options fail. Note that lighter fluid is regarded as a fire hazard.
g. Once your camp fire is all set, do not leave the flame unattended. Before you leave your camp site or before you go to bed, make sure that your camp fire is completely out. Leaving fire unattended poses high risks for forest fires and the like.
h. When you cook barbecue and other camp foods, make sure that the fire is far away from your trailer, your camping tent, sleeping bags, and other camping gears. When camping, it will be best if you will not use grills that are attached to trailers.
i. Do not let one of your inexperienced companions do the cooking for you. If ever you must, make sure that you watch them carefully and provide them with guidance. Before you start cooking using propane or gas stoves, you will have to make sure that the camp site area is quite ventilated. Also, never forget to bring your very own fire extinguishers and teach your companions how to use such in times of emergency.