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.”