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Bonfires, BBQs and Burn Barrels – Beware!

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

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.”

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