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If you’ve got kids, there’s nothing better than family camping in the privacy of your own backyard. Family camping is safe, inexpensive, convenient, and can be loads of fun. You might also consider family camping for a unique birthday party - invite your friends to join in the fun too.




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Use Your Backyard for Family Camping



Family camping can be one of the best ways for families to bond while having fun in the backyard. Pitch a tent, light a fire in a fire pit or campfire ring, and enjoy some treats under the stars before bed.


Young children love family camping in the backyard because they feel secure knowing that if they get scared of the dark, their bedroom isn’t far away, and mom and dad are close-by.


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So what do you need for family camping?  While you don’t have to have a tent, family camping is more fun if you do, and a lot more comfortable. Blankets, pillows, and a telescope are also items you may want to think about before family camping.


A campfire is an absolute must for family camping fun. Portable fire pits or bowls are perfect for a long-lasting fire while family camping, and can be used anywhere in the backyard for family camping – as long as it’s a safe spot.


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A Fire Pit Can Be Useful and Decorative


While many people choose to include a permanent fire pit or barbecue structure in their backyards, you can also choose a fire pitportable fire pit or campfire ring that will be both useful and decorative.


Fire pit styles vary. If you’ve never thought of purchasing one, you may be surprised to discover how many types there are.


First of all, you will find fire pit designs shaped like tubs or bowls, that hold the burning wood. Others look more like an outdoor fireplace. There are also some stunning fire pit rings that feature moons and stars, or moose or horse silhouettes. You can also choose the fire pit material - cast iron, steel or copper are just a few.


Some have mesh lids that will help keep some of the sparks from flying out, and some even come with matching seating.


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A fire pit is more than just a commodity for making a fire and grilling outdoors. A fire pit is a backyard accessory that adds interest and character to the outdoor area; in fact a decorative fire pit is one of the best investments you can make to ensure you have all year backyard family fun.


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Expert CampingTips


Whether you go camping in the great outdoors or in your own backyard, here are some great camping tips:

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  1. One of the best camping tips is to buy the best quality tent you can afford.


  2. If you want good camping tips about tents, ask your camping friends, and always see the tent assembled before you buy to make sure it’s a good fit for you and not too complicated.


  3. Backyard camping is great for practicing the art of camping - find good camping tips in outdoor or family-oriented magazines.


  4. Fun camping tips involve fun activities like making s’mores and telling stories around the fire pit.


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  5. Remember to pack a flashlight – is among a list of all good camping tips.


  6. Additional camping tips to keep in mind include pack long forks for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows, bring comfy sleeping bags and pillows, and a tarp to make clean-up easy!


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Safety Tips


Fire pits offer a fun way to enjoy leisure time and entertaining, but always remember to exercise caution and practice safety.


Here are a few important tips to keep in mind...

  • Place the fire pit in an open area on a solid surface, but never on a wooden deck, grass, or any other flammable surface.

Fire Safety

  • Never place a fire pit in an enclosed area or indoors. 

  • Know your city or county’s regulations regarding the use of a fire pit.

  • Always keep a fire extinguisher, a garden hose or large bucket of sand nearby to smother the fire if necessary. Your fire extinguisher should be handy, in good working condition, and not close to its expiration date.

  • Use common sense and exercise courtesy as well as caution. Don't build a fire on a windy day. You don’t want smoke blowing into neighbor’s homes and backyards.

  • Start your fire small. Use recommended fire starters. Never use an accelerant or gasoline to start a fire. Suggested burning materials include wood, fire logs, and charcoal.

  • Do not allow children or someone with little experience to light the fire.

  • Never leave the fire unattended. Fire pits are HOT when in use and should be adult-supervised at all times. Extreme caution should be exercised when children are nearby.

  • As a precaution, the fire should be no larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high. Don’t pile wood too high.

  • Use the wire mesh cover when the fire is lit to control flying sparks.

  • The screen handle is HOT when in use.

  • Use a heat proof barbeque mitt or poker tool to grasp the handle.

  • It is best to extinguish the fire completely once you have finished using it. Use a fire extinguisher, or enough water to douse the fire.


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Backyard Camping FAQs

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Q:  What are some fire safety tips for kids?


A:  There are many things to consider when trying to keep kids safe around fires when you are camping. Here are some to keep in mind:


1.    Fire safety for kids should always include a well-planned escape route and meeting place.

2.    Fire safety for kids involves having a fire extinguisher and gloves on hand when adults use fire pits

3.    Don’t allow children too close to the fire pit and never leave it unattended – another fire safety for kids tip for adults to keep in mind.

4.    Fire safety for kids when using a fire pit is for adults to remember not to place the pit in an enclosed area or around hangingfire safety for kids branches or unsteady surfaces.

5.    Adults - start your fire pit fire small and never with gasoline – a very important fire safety for kids tip.

6.    Fire safety for kids tips includes – adults should never use a fire pit when it’s windy. Also keep a screen nearby if the sparks get out of control.

7.    Adults - make sure to extinguish your fire pit fire completely before walking away – the most important fire safety for kids tips.


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