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Bon Fire Safety

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

With autumn in full force and winter just around the corner many of us have taken to the outside to enjoy the cool weather sitting around a bonfire. Bonfires can be a great activity for the whole family but it’s important to keep in mind the dangers of open flames and how to have a bonfire responsibly!

  • You should always either use a fire pit purchased from the store or dig your own – Fire pits are a crucial part of keeping a bonfire contained where you want it to be and not have it spread, be sure to also clear away brush from around the fire pit as well
  • Make sure your fire is a safe distance from houses, trees, powerlines, or anything that can be affected by the heat
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose close by – Accidents happen and being able to address them immediately is how to prevent things from getting worse
  • Use newspaper and small kindling to get the fire started, NOT gasoline or other accelerants
  • Never spray aerosols or toss canisters into the fire – The heat can make these containers explode and throw burning embers everywhere
  • Limit your fire size – It’s tempting to make a big fire, but you should make sure to keep your fire to a manageable size, no bigger than a few feet around
  • When you’re done be sure that the fire is completely extinguished – Stir the ashes around and use more water than you think you need to ensure there is nothing still smoldering, embers can stay smoldering, hidden under a bed of ashes for hours and can be relit by the wind unexpectedly

Bonfires are a lot of fun and a great way to spend time outside, just be sure that you are taking the proper precautions to do so safely.

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