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.