- Fireworks can result in severe burns, blindness, scars, and even death.
- Fireworks that are often thought to be safe, such as sparklers, can reach temperatures above 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, and can burn users and bystanders.
- Families should attend community fireworks displays run by professionals rather than using fireworks at home.
- The AAP recommends prohibiting public sale of all fireworks, including those by mail or the Internet.
A campfire is a necessary part of camping. It helps light our campsite up at night, boils water and cooks our food. It’s fun to gather around a campfire and tell chilling ghost stories late at night. Unfortunately, it is one of the most dangerous elements of any campsite. Our guide to campfire safety will help you keep the fire in the fire ring and prevent spreading.
- Learn how to safely start a fire. Never use flammable liquids to ignite or keep your fire burning. This means, avoid gasoline, diesel fuel, lighter fluid and other dangerous fuels.
- Only start a campfire in a fire pit or fire ring that is made of solid construction.
- Avoid starting a fire underneath low-hanging branches or shrubbery. Fires can often flame higher then you anticipate.
- Don't stack spare firewood too close. If you've recently gathered some, store it upwind so that sparks don't fly into your pile.
- Don't allow children and pets near the campfire and never leave them unsupervised.
- Teach kids how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing catches fire. Have a fire extinguisher hands for emergencies.
- Keep your fire away from anything flammable, such as dry grass, tents, paper plates and napkins, and camping gear.
- Be aware that hot embers can re-ignite the fire if strong winds are blowing. Shuffle the fire and make sure it's our before retiring.
- Always have on hand things to put out your fire such as water, a shovel, and a fire extinguisher and make sure your fire is completely out before leaving it unattended.
Putting Out Your Campfire:
- Drown the fire with water. Make sure all embers, coals and sticks are wet. Move rocks; there may be burning embers underneath.
- Stir the remains, add more water, and stir again. Be sure all burned material has been extinguished and cooled. If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough soil and sand with the embers. Continue adding and stirring until all material is cooled.
- Feel all materials with your bare hand. Make sure that no roots are burning.
- Do not bury your coals-- they can smolder and rekindle. Coals buried on the beach can also be stepped on by someone walking barefoot, causing painful and disabling burns to the soles of the feet.