Summertime is the perfect time for a bonfire with family and friends! Before you head out to the beach however, make sure you take the necessary precautions below, to lessen the chance of an injury.
• Consider the location prior to building a fire. Keep the fire a minimum of 25 feet from any building or vehicle. Avoid building the fire near grass, brush, or branches. Most beaches have designated fire pits for bonfires. Check to see what your beach or campsite’s rules are before starting a fire.
• Don’t pile firewood too high. A small amount of wood, combined with kindling materials, will start a good fire. Don’t let flames exceed three feet in height or width.
• Keep a couple of five-gallon buckets of water, and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Keep flammable materials away from the fire pit. Once the bonfire has died down, spray the embers with water to stop it reigniting.
• Remember to pack a first aid kit. Should an injury occur, you’ll have supplies available.
• Most importantly, don’t leave the bonfire unattended! Designate a responsible adult to tend the fire. Children and pets should not be allowed to play near an open fire.
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