Thursday, May 15, 2014

Campfire Safety for the Summer

Summer RV Camping
Who even thinks about campfires in the summer? We should be thinking of beaches, sunshine and cold drinks, right? Well, the truth is that RV campers like to get fires going year round. Unfortunately, the summer months can be a pretty dangerous time to roast some s'mores. 

Even in Florida, summer nights can cool down a lot. Whether you want to cozy up by the fire or just roast some hot dogs, there's a few things you need to keep in mind. 

  • Always build your fire in a fire pit or container, especially if required by your RV campsite. 
  • As RVers, it's a good idea to bring a portable fire pit, just in case the ground is dry and the campsite doesn't provide one. 
  • If no fire pits are available, build a containment using rocks. 
  • Rake combustible debris like dead leaves, twigs, palm fronds, etc. at least ten feet from your fire. 
  • Don't build a fire if it's a very windy night, especially if you are surrounded by brush. Dead palm fronds are extremely flammable. 
  • Never leave a campfire unattended. 
  • Before you leave your campsite, make sure to douse the fire with water and make sure the embers are cool before you leave. Hot spots can flare up after you're gone. 

Remember to always check with your RV resort before starting any campfires. There may be city or county restrictions in place during the summer months. But whether you're able to melt some s'mores or not, be sure to have lots of fun!