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Tips for a Safer Fall Bonfire | SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis

9/18/2023 (Permalink)

campfire-style fire pit with flames emerging from the top of the logs on the dark green grass Bonfire season is upon us! SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis has your back with these helpful fire safety tips.

We are so glad to see the temperatures starting to drop around here! The fall season is coming fast, and we are not complaining. Who doesn’t love pumpkin spice, cooler weather and football Sundays? We also love spending more time outside around our bonfires, watching the seasons change.

Bonfires are a great way to stay warm as the air turns crisp, but they can be dangerous if you aren’t careful.

Our SERVPRO® of Cudahy/St. Francis team wants you to enjoy the s’mores, family memories and crackling flames without the risk of starting an uncontrollable blaze, so read on to learn some helpful fall fire safety tips.

Things to Do Before Starting the Fire

Do make sure your location is a safe place to start a fire. Pull any brush or log piles away from the pit or move your portable pit onto a level surface that is far away from anything flammable.

Do ensure your water source is ready to use at a moment’s notice. A hose that is unraveled and placed near your pit or a bucket full of water can control any wandering flames in an instant.

Do keep an eye out for any burn bans or changing forecasts. Fire can be unpredictable in dangerous conditions, so avoid windy days or if the ground and surrounding area is really dry. Check with local authorities before lighting anything on fire.

Tips for Maintaining a Safe Fire

Don’t use any sort of gas or lighter fluid to get your fire going. Flammable substances light on fire fast, but they are unpredictable even in controlled situations. Stick to lighters, matches and tinder.

Don’t let your children play around the flames. Curious kids can easily spread the fire beyond the pit or a trip or slip can lead to serious injuries.

Don’t let your fire grow out of control. Small fires are more easily managed, and they can be extinguished faster in an emergency.

Don’t abandon your fire pit until you are sure that everything is completely extinguished. Pour water over the logs and embers until everything is soaked through and cold to the touch.

Wildfires and You

Remember, most wildfires are unfortunately caused by human error or negligence. Fire safety is a crucial part of outdoor bonfires, so follow all of these tips every time you sit down to enjoy a fire with family or friends.

If your home is damaged by a fire, our fire damage restoration team is here to help. We will arrive quickly and handle your entire restoration from start to finish.

Fire can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Contact us day or night for immediate assistance.

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