Camping Safety


The Maine State Fire Marshal has some tips for camping fire safety. When planning or actually camping remember to:

  • Always use a flame retardant tent and set up camp far away from the campfire
  • Always use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns inside the tent or any other closed space, not liquid filled heaters or lanterns.
  • Always build your campfire down wind away from your tent. Clear all vegetation and dig a pit surrounded by rocks before building your campfire
  • Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire

Finally, remember to put out a campfire when going to sleep or leaving the campsite. To make sure you extinguish the fire cover with dirt or pour water over it.

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