Our Tips for Responsible Fall Bonfire Safety | SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte
The fall season is almost here, and while the current temperatures may not reflect it, we are certainly glad to see the seasons changing. All of the fall decorations, pumpkin spice and increased time spent outdoors in the less harsh heat and humidity can get you in the mood for the fun holidays ahead.
One way that many people enjoy the fall season is by sitting around a bonfire. While this can certainly be a fun way to enjoy this time of year, that doesn’t mean the risk of starting a wildfire isn’t there.
Our SERVPRO® of Northeast Charlotte team offers up some helpful fire safety tips below so you can start and maintain your bonfires with safety in mind.
Do pick a safe spot for your fire pit. You may not be able to move your permanent fire pit, but you can make sure brush or log piles are a safe distance away and that the trees are trimmed above the pit.
Do keep water close by. Have a hose unraveled and ready to use or a bucket filled with water that you can quickly dump over any unwanted flames. If you don’t have easy access to water, a shovel and some dirt can also quickly snuff out any wandering flames.
Do watch the forecast and keep an eye on any weather conditions. Really windy days or dry conditions can make it really easy for a fire to catch and spread, so always check on our local burn bans before lighting anything.
Don’t use any gas or lighter fluid to boost your fire. While these substances are highly flammable, they are also highly unpredictable and can make your fire too large too fast.
Don’t let any kids or pets play too close to the flames. Accidents happen and kids can get seriously hurt in seconds, or a curious child can quickly spread the fire beyond the pit without much warning.
Don’t let your flames get out of control. Keep your bonfires small and manageable. The higher and larger the fire, the harder it is to control in emergency situations.
Don’t go to bed until you are sure the fire is completely out. Pour water over the flames or hose them down until everything is cold to the touch.
Wildfires can start in any manner of ways, but most wildfires are actually started by humans. Stay close to your fire, keep it small, and have a way to extinguish any flames quickly.
If your property or home is ever damaged by a fire that has gotten out of control, contact us right away for a full restoration.
Fire can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Contact us day or night for immediate assistance.