Responsible Backyard Fire Practices | SERVPRO® of Northeast Charlotte
Summertime is the perfect time to enjoy the warm weather with your family. Making memories around a bonfire is a special opportunity during the summer months.
It is commonplace to utilize fire for many uses in our day to day lives. Whether it be bonfires, meals, pest control or burning debris, we constantly use fire as a resource.
Even though we have the best intentions to practice proper fire safety, any time there is flame, there is the potential for danger. The National Park Service claims that nearly 85% of wildfires are started by humans.
Understanding fire risk doesn’t mean you can’t still partake in leaf burning, backyard bonfires or lighting up your grill to prepare burgers. It simply means that you should always practice the safety measures below to help reduce your fire risk every time you light a flame.
Fun and Fire
Some of the most common ways that unwanted outdoor fires are started are by neglected campfires, grills or fireworks. On average, grills start 8,800 home fires each year. Be sure to check on propane tanks and your gas lines that lead into your grill before lighting it, and never leave it unattended.
Campfires have their own unique safety requirements. Choose a safe location away from any structures, wood piles or anything flammable.
Use only a match or a lighter, and only use wood as a burning source once your fire is established. Embers can be just as dangerous as an open flame, so make sure your fire is completely extinguished when you are done.
Any freestanding fire pits should be treated with caution as well. It should never be placed on a wooden surface or underneath an overhang.
It can be tempting to feed your fires household waste or excess clutter from your home, but you should only use approved firewood.
Even though the 4th of July has passed, if you are having any sort of celebration with fireworks, make sure to remember the rules in Charlotte. No pyrotechnics are allowed, and only small, non-exploding ground fireworks are permitted.
Other Outdoor Fire Hazards
If you have a yard that is ripe with leaf drop or pine needle drop in the fall, burning your debris might be the most effective way to tend to your yard, but be very careful with this disposal method.
Before you even begin lighting your fire or gathering your materials, check the North Carolina Forest Service website to see if there are any restrictions in place or apply for a permit if it is needed at the time.
Cleaning out debris is an essential part of minimizing your risk of exposing your home to a wildfire. Understanding what to burn and following general fire safety guidelines will help prevent your fire from growing out of your control.
If you have a gas can in your shed or garage, use extreme caution. Improper storage of these cans can have terrible outcomes. Only use approved containers, and only use the gas for its intended purpose. It can be tempting to use it as an accelerant in your campfire, but that can lead to burns and an out-of-hand fire situation very quickly.
Before you light any sort of outdoor flame, check weather conditions and make sure it is not too windy or dry before lighting up. If there is any sort of danger, pick another day or choose another activity.
If you do experience any sort of fire damage, call us at SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte. Our trained team of technicians knows how to handle fire damage, and our goal is to restore as much of your property as quickly as we can.
Burn safely outdoors. And save some chocolate for us! If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact us today to get restoration started faster.