Fall is a beautiful time of year, prompting friends and family to venture outside to enjoy time gathered around a fire. Whether your choice is a grill, bonfire or burn barrel, the primal pull of fire helps people bond as the summer heat begins to wane. Outdoor fires are fun! Bonfire safety is important.
Here are a few tips to help you safely enjoy your fall!
Grills and Barbecues
- Ensure your grill is set away from your home, garage, eaves and overhanging branches.
- Check grill gas tank hose for leaks before using.
- Avoid moving a hot grill.
- Keep grill clean; remove grease/fat buildup.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- Keep children and pets safely away from grill area.
Burn Barrel and Bonfire Safety
- Review local ordinances; verify burn permit requirements.
- Have fire extinguishing equipment available: garden hoses, fire extinguishers, rakes, shovels. (Flashlights, cellphones and first-aid kits also often prove handy.)
- Keep children and pets at a safe distance.
- Make sure your outdoor gear (furniture, tools, mowers, etc.) is located at a sufficient distance from the fire.
- Do not use accelerants to start a fire.
- Avoid wearing flip-flops/walking barefoot near the fire.
- Never leave the fire unattended.
- Pay attention to wind direction and strength.
- Properly extinguish the fire. In the wise words of Smokey Bear, “If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.”