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Bonfire Safety Tips for Spring and Summer | SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties

6/3/2024 (Permalink)

campfire style bonfire with dark night background Don't forget about fire safety! Follow these tips from SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties to ensure a fun, safe night.

As the weather warms up and the days grow longer, many of us are looking forward to spending time outdoors, and what better way to enjoy the season than with a bonfire? Whether you’re roasting marshmallows with friends or simply enjoying the crackle of the flames, a bonfire can add warmth and ambiance to any outdoor gathering.

However, it’s important to remember that with great fun comes great responsibility, especially when it comes to fire safety. Here are some essential tips to ensure that your spring and summer bonfires remain enjoyable and safe for everyone.

Choosing the Right Location

First things first, choose the right location for your bonfire. Make sure the area is clear of any overhanging branches, dry grass, or other flammable materials. Ideally, your bonfire should be at least 10 feet away from any structures, including your home, and away from bushes or shrubs.

If you’re using a fire pit, ensure it’s sturdy and made of non-flammable materials like stone or metal. Clear the area around the fire pit of any debris, and consider creating a barrier around it using rocks or bricks to prevent the fire from spreading.

Be Prepared

Before lighting your bonfire, check the weather forecast and for any burn bans. Avoid lighting a fire on windy days, as the wind can easily spread sparks and embers, increasing the risk of a fire getting out of control.

Always have a water source nearby, whether it’s a hose, a bucket of water, or a fire extinguisher. This will allow you to quickly extinguish the fire if it starts to get out of hand.

Only use seasoned firewood in your bonfire. Green or wet wood can create excess smoke and sparks, increasing the risk of a fire spreading. Never use gasoline, kerosene, or other flammable liquids to start or accelerate a fire.

Supervise the Fire

Never leave a bonfire unattended, even for a short period of time. Assign someone to be responsible for the fire at all times, and make sure they know how to properly manage it.

When you’re done with your bonfire, make sure to extinguish it properly. Use water to douse the flames, stirring the embers to ensure that everything is thoroughly soaked. Continue adding water until you can no longer hear any hissing or sizzling. Never leave a fire smoldering or unattended.

By following these simple tips, you can enjoy your spring and summer bonfires safely and responsibly. Remember, fire safety is everyone’s responsibility, so be sure to share these tips with your friends and family. Let’s make this season one to remember for all the right reasons!

For professional fire damage restoration services and tips on fire prevention, contact SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties today. Stay safe and enjoy your bonfires responsibly!

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