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Fire Safety In The Forest In 6 Easy Steps

Aug 28, 2008
For many of us, we grew up being taught at school and watching television commercials about Smokey the Bear. He is the role model that we used to learn about fire safety in the forest and other places. We probably did not give as much thought to the importance of what he was saying as we should have then, but you can bet that many people who have had their homes burned down because of out of control forest fires do now.

Homes are only one thing that is destroyed when people are careless with fires in the woods. It can be a simple accident or a lack of taking the proper precautions when they are camping or just cooking out in a park or other outdoor area. There are even certain individuals who enjoy setting forest fires deliberately. There is no understandable reason why anyone would do this other than some emotional disturbance.

The forest fires that are started innocently can usually be avoided if people remember to use certain safety measures before they start a fire:

1. If there is a lot of wind, try not to build a fire if it can be avoided.
2. Be sure the area is cleared so the fire can be contained. There should be no bushes, brush, or any flammable liquid or other materials near the spot.
3. Keep some water nearby to extinguish the fire with. A rake or shovel can also help to get a fire out quickly if it is small enough.
4. Do not leave a fire unattended at any time whether you are in a forest setting or burning brush at home.
5. When there has been extremely dry weather, it is not a good idea to build a fire out doors unless it is absolutely necessary.
6. Always make sure a fire is completely out with no coals or embers still burning before you leave the area.

If you try your best to follow these rules when you build a fire out doors, you should not have any problems. We should realize how destructive an out of control forest fire can become. Forest fires are not always started by humans because Mother Nature plays her part sometimes too, but would you not hate to know that you inadvertently caused a forest fire that caused millions of dollars in damage to the forest and the property of other people.
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