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Camp fire safety tips

1. Build campfires where they won't spread.  Choose sites that are
free from overhanging limbs or nearby slopes, rotten stumps, old
logs and brambles, or dry grass and leaves.

2. Keep campfires small and do not let them get out of hand.

3. Do not stack firewood near where you intend to build your fire.

4. Keep plenty of water and shovel nearby to douse the flames if the fire gets out of control.

5. Be sure your match is out after you have lit a fire.  Douse it to be sure.

6. Never leave a campfire unattended.

7. Drown the fire with water when you are through with it.  Stir it and drown it again. If you cannot afford to use water, use dirt instead.

8. If you cook with charcoal briquettes, be sure they are completely dead when you are done with them.  Drown them, stir and drown them again.

9. Always let lanterns, stoves, and heaters cool down completely
before refueling them. Carefully follow the manufacturer's
instructions for use, especially regarding adequate ventilation.









Outdoor burning, such as a bonfire or camp fire is prohibited without a permit in New Jersey. 

Permits may be obtained from the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service by calling 973-827-6100.

The District Fire Warden for the Township of West Milford is Kevin Drake.  Our section Warden is DeMott Post.  

The above photographs were taken April 7, 2000 at a brush fire which occurred on Route 23 in the woods near Garick RV.  The fire was controlled and suppressed by the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service.







Last modified: Saturday, December 13, 2003
 12:27 AM
Safety Tips for Your  Camping Trip 

Whether you're roughing it in a tent or planning a family outing, there are many ways to make sure your experience is fun and safe. Consider the following safety tips:

  • Pack a first aid kit. Your kit can prove invaluable if you or a member of your group suffers a cut, bee sting or allergic reaction. Pack antiseptics for cuts and scrapes, tweezers, insect repellent, bug spray, a snake bite kit, pain relievers, and sunscreen.

  • Bring emergency supplies. In addition to a first aid kit, this includes: a map, compass, flashlight, knife, waterproof fire starter, personal shelter, whistle, warm clothing, high energy food, water, and insect protection.

  • Before you leave, find out the weather report. When you arrive at the site, watch the skies for changes and carry a compact weather radio. In inclement weather, find shelter until the worse passes. Stay dry - wet clothes contribute to heat loss. Also, keep sleeping bags and important gear, dry at all times.

  • Check for potential hazards. Be sure to check the site thoroughly for glass, sharp objects, branches, large ant beds, poison ivy, bees, and hazardous terrain.

  • Avoid areas of natural hazards. Check the contour of the land and look for potential trouble due to rain. Areas that could flood or become extremely muddy can pose a problem.

  • Inspect the site. Look for a level site with enough room to spread out all your gear. Also, a site that has trees or shrubs on the side of prevailing winds will help block strong, unexpected gusts.

  • Pitch your tent in a safe spot. Make sure your tent is made of a flame-retardant fabric, and set up far enough away from the campfire. Keep insects out of your tent by closing the entrance quickly when entering or leaving.

  • Be cautious when using a propane stove. Read the instructions that come with the stove and propane cylinder. Use the stove as a cooking appliance only - never leave it unattended while it's burning.






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