10 Safety Tips for a Safe, Cozy Fire

Campfires are one of the best parts of the Tranquil experience. There’s something magical about gathering around a fire pit - the warmth of the flames, the crackle of burning wood, and the cozy atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to swap stories, roast marshmallows, and enjoy the company of someone you love. You can unwind, relax, and let your worries melt away in the glow of the fire. But before you pull up a chair, and let the fire work its magic, read about how to keep your campfire safe.

  1. Use local firewood. When transporting firewood, you might unintentionally spread harmful insects or diseases to new locations.

  2. Keep your embers contained! Fire pit rings are provided at every Tranquil Cabin site. Fires not in the firepit are not allowed for safety reasons.

  3. Keep your campfire to a manageable size. If a fire is too large it can get out of control, it also requires more work and water to ensure it is completely extinguished.

  4. Keep water nearby. To put out the fire when you are ready to call it a night, or in case of emergency.

  5. Know the location of the fire extinguisher and how to use it. In case of a fire emergency, we provide a fire extinguisher in every cabin. You will find it just behind the front door.

  6. Practice Caution. Always maintain a safe distance from the fire and ensure that children and pets are supervised and kept away from the flames. Serious burns can happen in an instant, so it’s best to avoid running and playing near the campfire.

  7. Never leave your cooking or campfire unattended! Fire spreads fast.

Sit by the campfire
  1. Always Put Out your campfire. Embers can reignite after as long as 12 hours so please make sure it’s completely dead. Ashes can contain heat for several days, so throwing them in the trash too soon can easily start a fire.

    Here is how:

    • Drown the ashes with water,
    • Stir ashes with a shovel.
    • Feel the ashes cool with the back of your hand.
    • Repeat these steps until your ashes are cold.
    • Remove cool ashes from the fire pit and place them in the ash bucket provided.

For safety reasons, there are also times when it is not advisable to start a fire.

  1. Do not have a fire during high winds. Wind and fire are not good companions. Sparks will fly and potentially start unintended fires.

  2. No burning when burn bans are in effect. Tranquil Cabins will have fire ban signs posted on the property if a ban is in effect. If you want to check if Winona is under a burn ban before you come you can find it posted on the Smith County website.

When you find yourself with the chance to sit by a warm and cozy fire, take a moment to appreciate it and allow yourself the luxury of being fully present in the moment. Take note of the beautiful glow it provides, and savor this simple pleasure that can often go unnoticed in the busyness of our lives.

let nature nurture you