FEMA Campfire Safety Tips

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As the weather gets warmer, Americans are heading out on camping adventures with their family and friends. Although camping adventures can be fun, safety must be at the forefront to ensure a good time for all. Let’s get the facts now and prepare before venturing off into the great wilderness. As Smokey Bear has always said, “Only you can prevent wildfires!”

Always practice fire prevention when starting a campfire or grill in a woodland area:

Never build a campfire under trees or overhanging branches;
Clear a 10-foot area of pine needles & grass; and
Keep plenty of water on hand and have a shovel ready.
Once you’ve got your fire ablaze, do you know the suggested manageable size for a campfire and how to properly extinguish it? Check here to find out as well as read other safety tips.

If a wildfire starts in your camping area, evacuate immediately and call 9-1-1. To learn more about preparing for a wildfire disaster, download America’s PrepareAthon! How to Prepare for a Wildfire guide today!

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