Camping is something everyone is in love with. And when it is all about camping, a campfire is an essential outdoor tradition. People religiously follow this tradition when it comes to spending some quality time with your friends and family.
Campfire is a camper’s good friend – it provides campers with warmth, light, a place to cook food, and relaxation. Humans have known for building it for thousands of years, yet no one had found a substitution for fire.
Let’s get to know some facts about campfires and what safety measures should one take while camping.
Campfires can reach 930 degrees Fahrenheit
The temperature of fire can vary depending on the type of wood that is used, the airflow, quality and quantity of wood, how long it is burning, etc.; but it is very common that a campfire reaches a temperature of 930 degrees Fahrenheit or 498.889 degrees Celsius to be very precise.
And due to this factor, it is very important to take safety precautions very seriously around campfires to avoid any injuries.
Way to build a campfire
Campfire is such a thing that can be constructed in one of several ways. Some of the common ways are the Tepee, the Self-Feeding, the Keyhole, the Swedish Torch, and many others.
The tepee is a popular choice as it is easy to build also provides ample, consistent warmth. It is simply created by piling up the tinder in middle with smaller kindling around it.
Coals continue to burn
Even if the woods from your campfire are no longer burning – the remains and the coal still continue to burn. Even if these coals are buried they can continue to burn beneath. If buried near a tree root, there are chances that they can spark a new fire.
The First Campfire
It is believed that the first campfires were built about 1.6 million years ago. It’s still unknown who was responsible for building the very first campfire. According to the historians, they have found some evidence which indicates man built them around 1.6 million years ago. This was found in the form of burned antelope bones in remote caves of South Africa.
Let’s see what safety measures should be taken around Campfire
- Check if the area that you’re camping in is permitted. If needed check it with the local fire department
- Make sure you clear anything away from your campfire that can be helpful in spreading fire such as dry leaves, twigs, or overhanging low branches.
- If you’re allowed to burn a campfire make sure you are at least 20 or 25 feet away from anything that can catch fire.
- Always keep your campfire small – which is easier to handle.
- Never ever, I repeat never ever use any flammable liquids.
- Make sure you have a shovel or a bucket in which you can collect sand or mud and put down a fire.
- Check if the campfire is off completely before leaving the camping site.
- If while camping you or any of your mates suffer a burn – treat it immediately. Run the water on the burn for about 3-5 minutes and cover it with a clean and dry cloth to keep the burn away from any dirt.
- Roast with care