People gathered around a campfire

Campfire Safety: Cool the Coals

Build your fire in a designated ring/pit at least 15 feet away (preferably downwind from tent, brush, and other flammable objects).Use an accelerant such as gasoline, kerosene, or aerosol sprays to start a fire.
Keep children at a safe distance with a “circle of safety” at least 3 feet from the fire edge.Leave a fire unattended – EVER!
Keep the fire small and manageable, with water nearby.Throw anything other than wood into the fire.
Talk to children about campfire safety.Build a fire if conditions are dry or if forest fire danger is High
Completely extinguish the fire and coals by pouring water, stirring, and pouring water again until it is cool. Never bury a fire.Assume the fire pit is safe when arriving at a campsite. Coals from previous campers can still be hot!

Close up of a woman's wrapped handThe Facts

  • 70% of Campfire burns are caused by embers rather than flames.
  • Fire pits retain heat up to 12 hours after being extinguished ‐ hot enough to cause a severe burn.
  • Humans cause nine of every ten wildfires. Make sure campfires are permitted in your area.

The FixShould a burn injury occur…

  1. STOP, DROP & ROLL if clothing catches fire.
  2. Cool the burn with COOL (not cold) water.
  3. Remove all clothing and jewelry from the injured area.
  4. Cover the area with clean dry sheet or bandages.
  5. Seek medical attention.