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For some of us, there really is nothing like being outdoors. Many county residents enjoy heading outdoors to enjoy the beautiful summer weather. Red Deer County Fire Services want to encourage these outdoor enthusiasts to conduct their activities in the safest manner possible.Outdoor fires can be the source of great joy. While outdoors fires can be the source of warmth and heat for cooking. Often these fires are the hub of socializing for those involved. And while these activities are a great source of joy, proper care must be taken; before, during, and after burning.Before you build a fire the area must be properly prepared. All combustible material should be removed from the immediate area in order to prevent the fire from spreading to an unintended area. If practical, the area can be dampened for protection from any flying embers. When preparing the area for a permanent fire pit the area can be placed inside a non-combustible area such as a gravel pad.While conducting the fire, safety must be the key concern. Children moving around the burn area, must be under constant supervision. Children playing around fires should be discouraged for their safety. Cooking over an open fire is a rite of passage for outdoor enthusiasts. While practicing their culinary skills, safety should still be considered by the outdoor chefs. While cooking the roasting sticks can become super-heated and can burn easily. If in the event that the food catches fire, it can be removed with care, and discarded into the fire. Lastly, but most importantly, enough water to extinguish the fire should be kept in close proximity.When finished with the fire, it is essential to ensure the fire is completely extinguished. Enough water should be applied to the fire to a point where the coals are cold to the touch. Reapplying water to the immediate area should also be considered to eliminate the possibility of reigniting.Taking these few simple steps when having an outdoor fire can help keep everyone safe during these festivities. Red Deer County Fire Services wishes all County residents a safe and fun filled summer.