Campfire Safety

Campfire Tips

The weather is looking gorgeous! Since we are staying home, you may decide that a campfire is a perfect way to enjoy the evening.
Your friendly County of Brant Firefighters have put together a few tips to keep you safe:
The campfire site:
•Find a spot that is sheltered from the wind.
•Build your fire on a non-combustible surface. Preferably in a metal ring or surrounded by stones or blocks.
•Build your fire at least 15 metres away from any combustible materials, fences, property lines or buildings.
•Make sure the space above the fire is at least three metres from overhanging branches and vegetation.
Prepare the site:
•Clear a space about two metres wide for the fire.
•Scrape the area right down to the mineral soil.
•Ensure you have a pail of water or garden hose, and a shovel to control the fire.
Build your campfire:
•Keep your fire small to a maximum of one metre high and one metre wide.
•Remember that small fires are safer, easier to control and easier to put out.
•A small fire will also keep cooking tools from blackening and let you get close enough to cook.
Stay nearby:
•Never leave any fire unattended.
•Remember that you are responsible for tending your campfire, ensuring it is kept under control, and for putting it out.
Put the fire out:
•Pour lots of water on the campfire.
•Stir the ashes with a stick.
•Pour more water over top of the campfire.
•Stir the ashes with a stick again.
•Repeat until:
othe ashes are cold to the touch
othe ashes don’t hiss
othe ashes look soaked
ono more smoke comes from the ashes
Safety tips for kids:
•Always ensure children are with an adult when they are around a fire.
•Always make sure small children are at least 1m away from the fire.
•Never allow children to play with matches or fireworks.
•Teach your children to tell an adult immediately if they see a fire burning out of control.
And just in case you need a campfire recipe, this one is a firefighter favorite!
1 sleeve graham crackers, broken into squares
1 (12-oz.) bag marshmallows
1 bar chocolate, cut into squares
In a large cast-iron skillet, layer graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate.
Place skillet over a campfire cooking grate and cook until marshmallows and chocolate are melty.
Also, please be considerate to your neighbours and do not have a campfire if the wind speed exceeds 15 kms/hr. For more information about campfires and the Fire Bylaw, visit www.brant.ca/OpenAirBurning.
Please remember, we all need to do our part to keep the community healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please do not gather in groups of more than five people. Stay healthy! Stay safe! We’ve got this Brant!

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