We’re deep into the month of August and we know lots of families are taking advantage of the warm summer days to set off on camping trips and outside excursions before heading back to school. Here’s some great information for parents to remember from the Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy Program (a partnership between Kohl’s Cares and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin), as they enjoy the great outdoors:
- Establish a three-foot, “kid-free zone” around grills and fire pits. Teach children and their friends this rule and always watch children who are near a fire.
- Be aware of weather patterns and overall outdoor conditions. Never build a fire in hazardous, windy or dry conditions.
- Never leave the fire unattended, not even for a minute.
There are lots of other tips, too, to help ensure your family's safety. Check out these and more from the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.
Ever consider the consequences of leaving your campfire unattended? Drought conditions and high temperatures are plaguing most of the west leaving forests bone dry; it's easy for a fire to ignite in the wrong place if we don't pay attention. One of my latest blogs entitled, "How to keep your campfire from becoming a wildfire" provides additional campfire safety info from the Keep Oregon Green Association.
In most cases, camping goes hand-in-hand with grilling. Don't forget, you can find grilling safety info on NFPA's grilling safety web page, including a downloadable tips sheet that you can take with you on your travels.
So, as summer surges ahead, please remember to keep safety top of mind when venturing out. And let us know if you have any questions. NFPA's here to help!