An overnight campout in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains in California is packed with memorable traditions as the night begins with roasting some marshmallows and perhaps fireworks that light up the pristine sky with an almighty bang!
While fun and good times are what we expect, no matter how careful you are, accidents happen and sometimes you get burned. Ouch!
Here is a checklist to keep in mind before you plan your next trip to the wilderness:
1. Prevention is better than cure - people often underestimate the burning ring of fire that leads to burn injuries, sometimes quite severe. Make sure you and other outdoorsmen stay in the safety zone - 3 feet from the fire pit.
2. Keep best first aid for burns with you such as alkaline water that has beneficial minerals which are completely benign and safe to use. Simply apply to the burn and you’ll notice the pain melt away. Should an injury occur, seek advice from a medical professional as soon as possible.
3. Baggy apparel is cool and comfy, indeed. But it doesn’t take it much to catch a flame. Wear snug-fitted clothing made of fire resistant material, especially near campfires or stove.
4. Large bonfire sized flames are dangerous and often illegal. Rethink the size of your fire before night commences.
The campfire is one of the best parts of the outdoor experience, but it’s important to stay safe. Following these simple steps can ensure that everyone has nothing but fond memories.