WASHINGTON — It’s National Marshmallow Day. This should conjure images of happy faces, gooey treats and the smell of campfires and grills. But the U.S. Forest Services wants you to know there is danger, too.
“As many national forests and grasslands visitors know, there is more than one way to roast a marshmallow. First, let’s talk safety,” reads a Friday blog post by Forest Service spokeswoman Kathryn Sosbe.
“Never start a campfire when there are fire restrictions in place. The restrictions are put in place for your safety and for the safety of others. If campfires are allowed, use an existing fire ring or pit. Be sure you are at least 15 feet from tent walls, trees or other flammable objects.
No one knows how often kids get burned and how badly by marshmallow roasting incidents, but it is worth talking about anyway, writes Sosbe.
“Most importantly, ensure you work closely with children and talk to them about fire danger, proper behavior and rules – then expect nothing less,” she said.
“No one knows how many children are burned in campfire incidents; however, you don’t need statistics to know precaution is a key to great camping experiences. Some experts advocate a 10-foot rule between young children and a campfire. For more information about campfire safety, let Smokey Bear guide you.”