Camping & Survival

30 Days of Preparing for Spring Storms and the Stinging Heat of Summer DAY 24: Five Survival Reasons for Knowing How to Start a Fire

Picture shows a tin can sitting on a small, open campfire.

Knowing how to start a fire can possibly save your life. It is one of the most essential survivor skills you should know if you are serious about surviving in an emergency or disaster. Here are five good reasons for knowing how to start a fire.

1. Water

Water is essential to our survival.

  • We cannot survive on drinking our own urine
  • Dirty water can kill us
  • Dehydration leads to heat-related illnesses and speeds up hypothermia

In order for water to be safe to drink, purify and filter it first. Boiling water for 10 minutes will make it safe to drink.

Picture shows a tin can sitting on a small, open campfire.
Knowing how to start a fire can possibly save your life.

2. Food

Food is also essential to our survival.

  • Tastes better warmed up
  • Kills off bacteria on animals we hunt or trap
  • Makes you feel better when you are not starving
  • Keeps your energy up

3. Warmth

Warmth prevents hypothermia. Hypothermia is still a threat in spring when weather significantly cools down at night.

4. Lifts Your Spirits

Fire will give you a sense of control over the situation.

  • Calms you down for a clearer head
  • Provides light to perform essential tasks, like making a shelter, trapping and cooking food
  • Offers safety and security
  • Protects against bugs and animals

5. Signaling

Fire and smoke will alert rescuers or others of your location.

Note: You should always have a way to start a fire in the wild with you. Even for short outings—just in case.

  • Fire steel and flint
  • Lighter, disposable or refillable (remember to keep it filled)
  • Waterproof matches inside a waterproof container
  • Tinder (in a small plastic bag or other waterproof container, dryer lint or cotton soaked in petroleum jelly)

Have you ever been forced to build a fire during a survival situation? Share your story with us in the comment section.

To learn how to start a fire in any survival situation, read the following posts


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