A campfire is a friend to us when carefully used. It will keep us warm, cook our food, dry our clothes and add light to our campsite at night.
An unattended campfire or sparks from too large a fire can quickly turn a cosy campfire into a raging bushfire that can cover many kilometres and endanger flora and fauna and destroy nesting areas and natural habitats where animals use to live in.
Queensland firefighters and doctors have conducted tests on campfires and found that as little as one second of body contact with material heated to a temperature of 70 degrees will inflict a full thickness (3rd degree) burn. The average sized campfire can reach 500 degrees after only three hours of burning.
Ensure campfires are of a controllable size and are contained to safe, cleared areas.
Always consider weather conditions and how they may affect your campfire.
Never sleep too close to a campfire and always keep your eyes on little ones around a campfire.
Never light fires on a Total Fire Ban Day.
Most campfire burns are caused by contact with hot embers the morning after a fire.
The safest method to extinguish a campfire is to pour water over it and stir the ashes with a long stick to turn over hot coals and ashes. Keep repeating this until the ashes stop smoking and hissing.