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Tuesdays Tip of the Day: Campfire Safety for Tykes

As I’ve mentioned before, our tykes are like little monkey’s.

Monkey see, monkey do.

This was not only the case with last weeks race and the impact we have on our tykes but J-man showed me exactly what it means while we were camping a few days ago.

We headed up into the La Sal Mountains just a mere 30 minutes from Moab. The fall colors are so prominent that you can see the mountains sides in their array of colors from town. We couldn’t wait to see them up close.

We knew heading up there we would probably be greeted by rain and possibly snow. The rain definitely welcomed us but not with a down pour, just a slight drizzle here and there.

When we got to camp I began making a campfire. It was quite chilly and I knew J-Man would enjoy sitting by the fire getting warm and, of course, roasting marshmallows.

J-Man helped me gather some small twigs and I used my fire starter kit, which includes Light My Fire tinder sticks and this genius idea from Pinterest. The fire started quickly and I laid some big dry pieces of wood on top that we had brought from home.



As I let the fire do it’s thing I started dinner.

I would periodically move a piece of wood here or there or add wood and J-Man watched as I did so.

I continued making dinner and at one point I turned around and saw J-man adding some twigs. He didn’t like the chosen position of one particular twig so he reached towards the fire with his hand to retrieve it. Out of instinct I yelled for him to get away. His hand was nearly in the flames when I startled him and he pulled it back.


After I calmed down and he wiped the tears from his eyes I asked him what he was doing.

He said he was helping me with the fire.

I thanked him for his help but also told him we never reach into the fire with our hands.

His response… “You do”.

And he was right.

I had been rearranging wood, placing a napkin and twigs in it with my hands.

Man, was I a bad example.

Once again he made me aware that he is soaking up every move I make.

So with this little lesson I went back to fire safety and explained the dangerous of getting too close to the flames.



Here are some campfire safety tips for tykes:

1. They NEVER approach the fire without Mom, Dad or another adult.

2. Draw a perimeter around the fire ring and let them know they can not go passed it.

3. Explain to them that their hair and clothing can catch on fire if they get too close to the flames.

4. Also let them know that the rocks that make up the fire ring will be very hot. No hands or shoes on the rocks.

5. Make sure their camp chair is stable and check the distance of it from the fire. If their chair happens to tip forward while they are climbing in or out of it you certainly don’t want them landing in the fire.


Little too close for my comfort.


Hopefully, with these tips our tykes will stay safe and will happily enjoy the campfire.



Have you had an encounter like this with your tyke and the campfire? What safety tips am I missing?








  1. Great post. M got in the whole spirit of the campfire this year and so wanted to help. We had to say that “tending the fire is an adult job” but he could hold the wood for us, and even point where he thought a new piece of wood should go.

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