Knowing how to safely extinguish a campfire ensures your night under the stars goes off without a hitch. Campfire accidents can cause serious injuries and ruin what should be an enjoyable experience for all.
Therefore, it’s essential that you have the tools and knowledge to extinguish a campfire safely and effectively.
How to safely extinguish a campfire – the key steps
- Let the fire put itself out: When it comes to extinguishing a campfire, try to let nature take its course. As much as possible, you should let the fire die down on its own. This means having an idea of when you want to leave or go to bed. Knowing this will give you a rough time to stop feeding the fire and let it burn through what’s already there.
- Just add water: Pour plenty of water over the campfire. Be sure to cover the entire fire and don’t be surprised by a hissing sound. If the fire emits a lot of smoke, let it burn itself out some more before adding more water. You should pour water until the campfire stops smoking and hissing.
- Stir and spread: Using a shovel or stick, stir the fire around to ensure all coal and wood is covered in water. You should then scrape the wood in the pit to rid it of burning embers and hot coals. If necessary, add more water.
- Get your hands dirty: Next, you need to get your hands involved. Touch the wood, coals, ashes and anything else from the fire to ensure it is nice and cold. Then do the same with any of the rocks used to surround the fire pit. This is important because fire can smoulder under rocks, so you need to check.
- Check, check and check again: Finally, check the surrounding areas for any escaped embers. Should you see any, douse them in water until they are cold to touch. Give your fire pit one last soaking and head home or to bed!
Making a claim
Despite these safety steps, campfire accidents can and do, happen. If you are injured in a campfire accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be due compensation.
Visit Accident Advice Helpline’s unique test to see if you have a case – it only takes 30 seconds! You can also call our expert advisors for more information on the claims process. Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: April 18, 2017
Author: Accident Advice