Everyone loves a good campfire. Whether it’s relaxing and roasting hotdogs and marshmallows in those warm spring and summer months, or chatting and staying warm around the fire in autumn and winter, the rustic fun and excitement of building your own campfire is hard to beat! As much fun as campfires can be, however, it is important to remember that they are also an important responsibility. Thankfully, with a bit of attention and care, your campfire can be both fun and safe.

Here are the three most important things to remember when starting your campfire:

  • Check Your surroundings before you build your fire. This means watching out for any low-hanging branches or nearby brush and bushes that could catch if the flames grow bigger than you anticipated. It also means keeping an eye out for your belongings: make sure you build your fire a safe distance away from your tent, and make sure you don’t leave personal items lying around.
  • Don’t leave the fire unattended, even for a moment. This is one of the biggest mistakes that people make, as they do not realize that even a small flame can grow into a big problem in a matter of moments. Always leave at least one responsible person in charge of watching the fire, and make sure that there is water and/or dirt ready to be thrown on the fire in a moment’s notice should the need arise.
  • Extinguish the fire before going to bed. Last but not least, make sure that your campfire is thoroughly extinguished before heading back to the tent, RV, or cabin. Ideally, you should leave the coals both wet and cold before sleeping in order to ensure that the fire cannot be rekindled.

If you’re ready to enjoy all the summer fun that comes with camping, contact Saco River Camping Area to plan your reservation!