Manitoulin campsite fire safety rules

1. Prevention is of highest priority

  • Rake underbrush, twigs and leaves away from your cooking area. Camp rakes are available. A gravel base is preferred.
  • Be sure there are no overhanging branches above operating stoves and lanterns
  • Store naphtha fuel in a cool place away from the cooking area
  • Never leave an operating stove unattended!
  • Never hang any lantern on or in trees or under any tarp! (the space above a lantern gets very hot)
  • Never have a campfire for any purpose at any site! (the only Campfire allowed is at the halah)
  • Refuel naphtha stoves away from cooking area
  • Extinguish matches after use
  • Never take naphtha lanterns into the woods
  • Never park vehicle in tall grass while hot or running

2. Personal safety is of greatest importance

  • Never operate a portable stove or lantern in a tent or trailer
  • Beware! Be careful! Stoves and lanterns can flame up.
    (particularly when lighting)
  • Never let children operate stoves! Please supervise their cooking efforts at all times
  • Check propane or natural gas connections for leaks (use soapy water)
  • Always shut both the burner and tank valves off when propane or natural gas stoves are not in use
  • Remove caps from fuel cans before disposal

3. Extinguish fire quickly while small

  • Always keep an orange bucket, half-filled with water, handy at your camp site for emergency use
  • Have handy and use a bucket of sand or a fire extinguisher to fight a grease fire or smother with a lid

Emergency fire response plan

Stage 1 Response

  • Call for help.
  • Those hearing, respond with local campsite buckets / Hoses / fire extinguishers.

Stage 2 Response (beyond Stage 1 capability)

  • Send an adult to sound air horn (intermittent single blasts).
  • Parents / guardians / counsellors gather and account for children and report to command centre
  • Adults form bucket line from lake to fire site or report to command centre.

Stage 3 Response (beyond Stage 2 capability)

  • Sound air horn (intermittent double blasts).
  • Report to command centre.
  • If necessary, receive instructions and record names for evacuation.
  • Committee member phones local authorities for Assistance.

Note: the command centre is the wash tub area behind the washrooms.