When is a campfire a camp fire?
If you’re like most people you’re probably used to burning a candle every night to wake up and then lighting your fire on a camp stove, but do you know what that really means?
It’s not really the end of the world, is it?
According to the official Queensland Fire and Emergency Service website, you should never camp with a camp light burning in the night.
That’s because fires are inherently unstable, and that’s why campfires are only allowed on certain areas during a fire emergency.
But in order to ensure the safety of everyone at the campfire, Queensland Fire & Emergency Service has issued a special licence to manufacturers and retailers to allow campfires to be lit in the darkness of the night, and also to set up a fire extinguisher.
The Queensland Fire Service have also confirmed that campfires can only be lit on private property, and not on public parks, playgrounds, golf courses or any other open space.
This means that a campsite with a picnic table is not a suitable option, unless the camp has a large outdoor area.
And this also means that if you are going to a camping spot that has a campground, it’s best to leave it up to someone else to do the lighting.
As you might expect, camping lights are the most common source of fire hazard in Queensland, with fires costing the state between $600 and $800 per fire.
There are different types of campfires, including those that use a fire pit or gas grills, and those that are made from wood.
The Queensland Fire Authority have confirmed that wood campfires have a much lower risk of being extinguished, with only about $200 in fire damage per fire, while charcoal and briquettes have a higher risk of catching on fire.
So, it might be wise to get out there and find a spot that’s comfortable, dry and not packed full of other people.
The biggest risk of all, however, is that the fire is not extinguished properly.
When a camp fires, the wood and charcoal that’s burned is mixed with water to form a mixture that can be a dangerous fire hazard.
In a recent article, The Australian Business Review wrote about the dangers of camping without a camplight, and it’s not hard to see why: “It’s a very dangerous thing to do.”