Safety: The Key to Happy Campfire Memories

What could be more Canadian than roasting marshmallows, singing songs and socializing around an open fire in the evening? Follow this simple advice from the Canada Safety Council to help make sure everyone will have happy memories.

  • If there is a fire pit use it, but first make sure it is free of hazards. Otherwise, look for some bare ground.
  • Clear debris such as leaves or twigs away in a three-metre diameter area around the fire site, and build a circle of rocks to prevent the fire from spreading.
  • Adults, not kids, should start campfires. Use tinder (e.g. dry needles or grass) or crumpled newspaper to ignite the fire — never gas.
  • Keep the fire under adult surveillance at all times: supervise children and pets; and prevent the fire from getting too big or sparks from flying into the bush.
  • Have a bucket of water, sand and a shovel handy.
  • Totally extinguish the fire before you go to sleep or when you leave the site.
  • Always carry a flashlight to find your way at dusk or in the dark and help others find you — one flashlight per person.