Flames in Tents (Re: BSA Liquid Fuel Poli)
Thu, 22 Sep 1994 10:05:57 -0700
Steve Souza Writes...
"These guidelines and policies seem to address liquid fuel items, but we have
"always applied them to natural gas and propane devices as well. Are we
"following the policies as designed, or should propane laterns (which glow
"but don't actually have a flame and can be lit wtih a spark, not just a
"match) be allowed in a tent with proper air venting?
Just suppose for a minute that you are in a tent one night with a couple
of other leaders. Size of tent doesn't matter. You have your propane lantern
lit so you guys can play cards (Cribbage, OK? NOT poker) after the boys are
Thunderstorm starts, lightning strikes a tree at the edge of the camp clearing.
Tree falls, with an out-stretched branch hitting the corner of the tent. As
you jump back, startled, you tip over the lantern on a nylon sleeping bag.
Globe breaks, sleeping bag starts to burn. Tree fell at door of tent and you
can't get out!
While the above may be a bit far-fetched, it COULD happen!
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, EVER USE A FLAME OF ANY KIND IN A TENT.
Whether it's to cook, smoke, see by, or whatever. You are SETTING THE STAGE
FOR DISASTER!! If it's raining outside when you get up, and you want your
coffee before you get out of your tent, Tough it out. I don't even recommend
setting up the stove in front of the tent where you can "reach out and touch"
your coffee. If you ever needed to get out of that tent in a hurry, the hot
coffee or stove could provide you with a NASTY burn.
TENTS ARE NOT FIREPROOF! SLEEPING BAGS ARE NOT FIREPROOF! CLOTHES ARE NOT
FIREPROOF! They are only Flame retardent. They will burn!!
"If there's doubt, do without!"
ASM Troop 323
Grand Canyon Council
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