Are you always safe when using fire? Here are a few safety rules to follow:
1. Making a campfire
- If a campfire is permitted in your area, choose a spot that's cleared of debris, away from the wind and close to water.
- Always monitor your fire, never leave it unattended.
- Always extinguish your fire by drowning it with lots of water.
- Have tools such as a shovel, water bucket and rake nearby in case of an emergency.
2. Burning yard debris
- Verify if you are allowed to burn yard debris. Some areas have special rules in place and a permit may be required.
- If burning is permitted, light the fire in a clearing on mineral soil (soil with very little combustible material).
- Check with your local fire agency for legal times to conduct your debris burning.
- Always keep an eye on the fire, fine fuels such as leaves, grass and branches burn quickly and can blow away easily.
- Always have a shovel and garden hose on hand.
- Always put your fire dead out before leaving the premises by drowning it with lots water.
3. Smoking in or near forested areas
- Verify if you are allowed to smoke in or near the forest in your area. Some parks have bans regarding smoking during certain periods of the year.
- If smoking is permitted, choose a clearing in the forest.
- Do not perform other activities while smoking.
- Extinguish your cigarette on a rock and be sure it is dead out before discarding in an appropriate manner.
4. Riding an ATV in the forest
- If riding an ATV in the forest is permitted in your area, ensure that the muffler is in good condition. Clean it out regularly to avoid an accumulation of fine fuels.
- Turn off the engine when stopped for an extended period of time.
- Always have a fire extinguisher on hand.
- Stick to established ATV trails (on mineral soil) and try to avoid areas with underbrush particularly in dry periods.