Tips for Enjoying Fall Bonfires, Safely | SERVPRO of Allen
What a crazy hot and humid summer we experienced! Now that we are into September, we are looking forward to the reprieve and we will happily welcome the cooler temperatures and changing seasons. The fall season is all about fall decorations, pumpkin spice and cozy outdoor bonfires.
Spending more time outside around a bonfire is a wonderful way to enjoy the changing seasons, but we can’t let our guard down when it comes to fire safety and the potential risk of starting a wildfire.
Our SERVPRO® of Allen team explains more about fall fire safety below so you can enjoy your s’mores, campfires stories and cozy evenings without worry.
Do choose a safe location for your fire pit. Permanent pits cannot be moved, but you can still clear brush away and ensure your log pile is far from the ring. Portable pits should be set up on level ground that is far away from your house, shed and garage.
Do keep water close by for emergencies. Buckets of water or a garden hose that is turned on and ready to use are both reliable water sources that you can use in an instant if needed. If you are camping or in an area without easy access to water, ensure you have a shovel close by to extinguish the flames with dirt or sand.
Do pay attention to the weather and obey local burn bans. Windy days or lingering dry conditions can create dangerous fire situations quickly. Check with our local authorities before lighting your fire and choose another day for your plans if the conditions are less than ideal.
Don’t use anything other than matches, lighters or tinder to maintain your fire. Gas and lighter fluid are extremely flammable, but are also extremely unpredictable. They can easily start your fire pit and surrounding grass on fire and lead to a serious situation in seconds.
Don’t let your kids or pets get too close to the fire pit, and certainly do not leave them unattended near it. Serious burns, injuries or accidents can happen in the blink of an eye.
Don’t let your fire get too large. It can be fun to feed the fire and watch the flames grow, but large fires can be harder to control and can be more unpredictable.
Don’t go inside or leave your home until you are 100% sure that your flames are out. Pour water over the entire area until the embers are extinguished and the logs are cold to the touch.
We can all do our part to reduce the number of wildfires or fire damage in our community. While not all wildfires can be prevented, the vast majority of them are actually caused by humans. Be responsible with your flames, listen and obey all burning restrictions and never leave your pit unattended at any time.
Our team is here for you 24⁄7 to help you recover if you ever suffer fire damage at your home or property. Contact us right away for a complete restoration.
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