Get Your Smokey On – Only YOU Can Prevent Wildfires
Smokey Bear has been around since before I was born. He was actually created in 1944 as a way to educate people about the dangers of forest fires. We’ve called them wildfires since 2001, but either way you say it, Smokey gives us a call to be responsible whenever we use fire. When you see that big bear in the forest ranger hat pointing at you, is there any doubt about his message? “Only YOU can prevent wildfires!”
Nowadays there’s a Smoke Bear website where you can find useful information about:
Picking a spot for a fire pit – Always check and see if the site has one available first, then be aware of any hazardous, dry conditions before placing it.
Digging a fire pit – a 10-foot diameter site downwind from your tent and gear.
How to safely build a campfire – information on wood, kindling and the types of fire: Tipi, Cross, Lean-to or Log Cabin. Did you know each kind of fire has a different use?
How to maintain and put out your campfire – keep it a manageable size and make sure children are protected. Learn the six ways to use water to put out a fire and REMEMBER! If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.
And on the Smokey Bear website, you can find a link to a ton of educational materials at Smokey’s Outpost. Suitable for school presentations or as a refresher for your kids as you head out this camping season. They can explore Smokey’s cabin to find all sorts of fun and interesting things about Wildfire Prevention.
Teachers and parents can download coloring pages and other fire education booklets.
Whether you are an adult or a kid or is important to refresh your skills and remember how to prevent wildfires. Go out and “Get your Smokey on!”
Check out this fun video – Stuff Smokey Says