1 What we will learn today We will learn about keeping safe when we are around fire outdoors. This could include campfire and fireworks.
2 We have already learned that: Fire can be a good and useful tool, if used correctlyFire can become deadly if we are not careful with it
3 How can an outdoor fire be useful? Cook our foodKeep us warmFun to sit around and talk and sing
4 How can an outdoor fire be harmful? Burn property and buildingsBurn forests and hurt animals
5 How can we be safer around campfires? Make sure the fire is in a dirt pit, surrounded by rocks or in other designated areasMake sure it is clear of leaves and trash that can burn and spread the fireNever use gasoline or kerosene to start or rekindle the fire
6 How can we be safer around campfires? Make sure the campfire is away from your tent or sleeping areaOnly adults should start campfiresWhen you are done with your campfire, extinguish it by covering it with water, stir it, then put more water on it
7 When cooking over an open fire: Only adults should cook over an open fireDo not wear loose-fitting clothing that can accidentally touch the fire and ignite.Make sure your sleeves are rolled up and your shirts are tucked inUse long handled utensils or sticks when roasting hotdogs or marshmallows - only under adult supervisionDon’t throw anything in the fire - don’t poke it with sticks
8 When you go camping -Make sure your tents and sleeping bags are made of flame retardant material. Look for the “flame retardant” tag on these items.Never use candles or any other open flames, including camp stoves, in or around tents.Use battery operated flashlights or lanterns in and around your tents.Place your tent upwind and a safe distance from open fires
9 Fireworks are a common site in campgrounds There are no safe fireworksFireworks are dangerous and can cause serious burns and other injuriesMost fireworks are not legal in MichiganIf you use legal fireworks, like sparklers, do so only under adult supervision
10 REMEMBER - outdoor fires are useful and safe if proper measures are taken to keep them safe.