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Fire Safety

Author:  GSLC

Below are the main rules for fire safety, of course we will only build a fire when a responsible adult is present.

  1. Before doing anything, be sure your fire site is in an area where campfire building is allowed.
  2. Dig a small pit way from overhanging branches. (Most parks have campfire pits ready and waiting for campers.)
  3. Circle the pit with rocks unless it already has a metal fire ring.
  4. Clear a five-foot area around the pit down to the soil.
  5. Keep a bucket of water and a shovel nearby.
  6. Stack extra wood upwind and away from the fire.
  7. After lighting the match, do not discard it until it is cold.
  8. Never leave a campfire unattended, not even for a minute.
  9. Keep your fire small. A good rule is no taller than your knees.
  10. When you put it out, drown the fire in water. Move embers around to be sure nothing on the bottom is still lit.
  11. Stir the remains and drown again.
  12. Feel the ground with your hand to be sure no wood is still burning. ( Be careful!)
References / Source:
GSLC Pow Wow 2008
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