If during the building section you have prepared beforehand there is very little to do whilst the fire burns other than maintain it for purpose and keeping the area safe. One of the main uses for a fire is for cooking. Follow the link below to learn some simple ideas for cooking safely on an open fire.
These are the key points to follow whilst your fire is lit:
- Maintain an appropriate sized fire, never allow it to become too large. Think carefully about what you are using the fire for and how long you want it to burn, you don’t want lots of burning wood left when you come to the end of the activity.
- If on your own you should have collected an appropriate amount of wood before your started. Never leave your fire unattended by an adult. If others are available they can help collect further wood for the fire.
- Monitor the weather closely, a fire in strong winds can be very dangerous.
- Don’t throw plastics or metals onto the fire.
- Monitor your fire circle. If you need to refresh people on the rules, ensure you take the time to do so.
- Don’t leave your fire burning longer than necessary.
The fire is at its most dangerous whilst it is lit. Although this section is small it is very important as you must constantly be on your guard to keep the area safe for yourself and participants.