Fall is an inviting time to enjoy a backyard bonfire with your family and friends! We want your fall fire to be enjoyable and safe for everyone, so before you pull out your ingredients for s’mores, please review the following safety tips. You can also visit the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) at www.nfpa.org for additional information and safety tips.
- Set up a designated fire pit
- Use a fire ring, bricks or stones to contain the burning area
- Use a non-flammable base such as sand or soil
- Place at a minimum of 20 feet from any structure and/or shrubbery or tree(s)
- Keep the fire pit small and manageable
- Make sure there is a water source, such as a hose, that can reach the fire pit
- Wet the grass around the fire pit prior to lighting
- Have a burn kit available for usage – just in case it is needed
- Use dry untreated wood
- Do not use any wood with stain or paint
- Do not throw in any plastics or cans
- Do not use any gasoline or other accelerants to start your fire
- Have fire safe tools available to adjust your logs in the fire
- Keep children and pets supervised and at a safe distance from the fire
- Be sure to drink responsibly around a bonfire
- Wear tighter fitting clothing to avoid clothing catching on fire
- Be sure that your fire is fully extinguished before leaving the fire pit unattended at the end of the evening.
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