Outdoor Fires

Every year, 6,000 people end up in an ER with burns from a campfire or backyard bonfire. Here are some reminders to help you enjoy your time in front of the fire.

Gas Can

Did you know?

A gallon of gas is equivalent to 20 sticks of dynamite.

For a safe outdoor fire

  • Build it a safe distance from anything flammable.
  • Don't use accelerants to start it or freshen a dying fire.
  • Don't start it in a strong wind, and be sure to check all DNR restrictions.
  • Supervise children at all times.
  • When finished with your fire, douse it completely with water. If not completely extinguished, fires can stay hot for up to 24 hours.

Build a better fire

  • Start small, with tinder (dead dry plants and grasses) and kindling (small dry sticks).
  • Arrange kindling and logs like a log cabin or teepee will ensure good airflow.
  • Good airflow leads to naturally controlled fire growth.
  • After the fire is lit, add logs from smallest to largest.
  • Starting a fire is an adult's job, always keep an eye on children around any fire.

Never use accelerants

Accelerants were never meant to be used to start fires, and they cause a fire to be unpredictable and uncontrollable.

  • Gasoline
  • Kerosene
  • Butane
  • Propane
  • Aerosols
  • Camping fuel

Never Forget

Many accidents that we see can be prevented by following one simple rule... Drink responsibly. Alcohol affects judgment, coordination, balance, and can increase your chances of having an avoidable accident.