Ooh, the sweet smell of toasting marshmallows on a crackling fire and roasting hot dogs on a stick!

School is out, and yes, summer is finally here!

But, before you get your bonfires, and campfires roaring, here are 5 simple steps for campfire safety. These are according to www.active.com

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Step 1: Look up and around

Make sure your fire pit is not under any low hanging branches or near brush or bushes. You should have an 8 to 10 foot radius clear of anything, including tents, chairs and food.

Step 2: Safety proof your pit

  • Clear all debris from around the fire pit, including garbage and grass. If there is no metal ring, circle the pit with rocks. If your fire grows in size, this will help keep it contained.

  • Keep any flammable items far from the fire. This includes aerosol cans and pressurized containers.

Step 3:  Have Water Nearby

You should always have water, dirt or a shovel nearby to help reduce the flames or put it out completely necessary. Controlling a fire can be just as important as putting it out.

Step 4: Always Watch

Make sure someone always has an eye on the fire. Be sure to keep an extra eye on pets and children that may be sitting or walking close by.

Step 5:  Extinguish Before Bed

Always put out the fire before you go to bed. Throwing water or dirt on the fire is always the best option.

Enjoying a campfire together is a great outdoor activity. However, the night can be ruined if someone gets hurt due to being careless around a fire. Be Safe!