Campfire Safety Fire Safety Message from Unified Fire Authority
Summer means fun, food, and for many, firepits and campfires, increasing the risk of home fires and burns.
It doesn’t have to be that way with some simple precautions.
- Verify that it is a green burn day by checking the air quality forecast.
- The fuel area cannot exceed 3ft diameter by 2ft in height.
- Install a screen to prevent embers from escaping.
- Burning is limited to dry, clean, natural materials……no garbage, plastics, rubber, oils or construction waste.
- Keep open fires 25 feet away from structures or anything that can burn.
- Fires contained in an improved barbecue pits or portable outdoor fireplace require a minimum of 15 feet of clearance from structures or anything that can burn.
- LP or natural gas grills require 10 feet of clearance from structures or anything that can burn.
- Have a method of extinguishment readily available. Keep a garden hose or bucket of water close by.
- Never leave the fire unattended even for a short period of time.
- Make sure to put it completely out before leaving the site. Apply water to all coals or remaining flames. Stir with a stick and pour more water. Observe that there is no heat, glow, or flame remaining.
- Supervise children and pets while the campfire/firepit is burning. Make a 3-foot (1-metre) “kid-free zone” around the campfire/firepit.