Top Tips for Safe Fall Bonfires | SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex
The sweet temperatures of the fall season are finally starting to arrive, and we can’t believe it! This year has gone by fast, but we are not complaining about the fall decorations, pumpkin spice and cooler air that this time of year brings. This season is also the perfect time to enjoy a bonfire out back with your family and friends.
Bonfires during a cool fall evening can be so cozy and relaxing, but you can’t let your guard down when it comes to fire safety.
Our SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex team explains some easy steps to follow when building your fire so everyone can relax safely and enjoy the crackling flames.
Do ensure your location is a safe distance away from your home or any outbuildings. Most permanent fire pits are already in the ground, but be sure any wood piles or flammable materials are far away from the pit.
Do keep a source of water ready to use. A full bucket or a hose that is turned on and ready to use can quickly snuff out a growing blaze. If you are camping or don’t have access to water right away, keep a shovel nearby so you can pile sand and dirt on top of the flames if you need to extinguish it quickly.
Do watch the forecast and listen to all burn bans. Windy days or dry conditions can make it really dangerous to light a fire outside, so watch the weather and choose another day if the conditions aren’t ideal. Keep in mind that bans can change in a single day, so check with our local authorities before starting your fire is crucial.
Don’t use any sort of flammable accelerant to get your fire started. Aerosol cans, lighter fluid and gas all light on fire easily, but they are not easily controlled. They have different flash points and can start an out-of-control fire in seconds.
Don’t let your children or pets play near the flames. Fire is unpredictable and so are your kids! Keep them back a safe distance to avoid serious injury or a dangerous situation.
Don’t let your fire get too big. It can be easy to overlook large fires as you are having fun adding sticks, twigs and leaves, but a large fire can easily start things around it ablaze.
Don’t go inside until you have extinguished your fire. Pour water over the fire until the logs and embers are cold to the touch and you are completely sure the fire is out.
Keep in mind that the majority of wildfires are started by humans. Always stay in close attendance to an open flame and keep your fires small.
We are always here for you if your home or property suffers fire damage. Call us right away for a complete fire damage restoration.
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