Safety - Fire and Smoke 2022

This thread is intended to update previously posted resources.

Planning

Due to climate change wildfires have come earlier than previously planned for this year. In addition to smoke from wildfires, in some areas volcano smoke and dust storms may be outdoor breathing hazards that units and councils need to plan for.

For Scouting outdoor activities, evacuation plans may need to be reviewed. Check with local government authorities for community disaster alerting and evacuation plans. Check with your council for council camps’ information.

Related discussion

For more discussion and links to related resources see:

Some BSA® Resources

Camping Safety

GENERAL INFORMATION

Handbooks for each program have useful tips for campfires. Here are a few highlights:

Environmental conditions

  • Leaders should understand the local campfire regulations or requirements.
  • Beware of current fire conditions, especially if it has been dry and windy. Check for any active burn ban.

Extract from “Campfire Safety.” BSA Safety Moment, Boy Scouts of America Inc., 2021, accessed 2022-05-08, https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/safety-moments/camp-fire-safety/ (Campfire safety introduction and rules. A factsheet (PDF) is also available at this webpage.).

Scouts BSA merit badge requirements

FIRE SAFETY

  1. Do the following:
    (a) Explain the cost of outdoor and wildland fires and how to prevent them.

Extract from the requirements and resources extract 0f the Fire Safety https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/merit_badge_reqandres/fire_safety.pdf, accessed May 8, 2022.

Some federal resources

  • Wildfires.” Ready Kids Disaster Facts, United States Government, Updated March 1, 2022, 2022, accessed 2022-05-07, https://www.ready.gov/kids/disaster-facts/wildfires (Training information including disaster facts and other resources for kids, teens, families, educators and organizations.).
  • Wildfires.” Ready.gov, United States Government, 2022, accessed 2022-05-07, https://www.ready.gov/wildfires (“Wildfires are unplanned fires that burn in natural areas like forests, grasslands or prairies. These dangerous fires spread quickly and can devastate not only wildlife and natural areas, but also communities.” - includes: “Prepare for Wildfires. Stay Safe During. Returning Home After a Wildfire.” and internet links to additional resources.).
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 2018. “Patient Education Tools for Particle Pollution.” In Particle Pollution and Your Patients’ Health (training course). Washington, D.C.: United States Government, Webpage. https://www.epa.gov/pmcourse/patient-education-tools-particle-pollution.

Maps and images of Earth from space

Disclaimer

Inclusion of non-BSA resources and links provided by government agencies does not indicate an endorsement by the Boy Scouts of America®,

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Created May 8, 2022. v. 2022-05-12-Q