Safety Tips and Info on Backyard Recreational Fires
The best way to heat up summertime fun is by gathering around a backyard recreational fire on a regular basis. Winter certainly doesn’t have the corner on the charm of a cozy fire by night. Pretty much everyone loves to roast marshmallows, hot dogs, and other treats over a crackling blaze. Gathering to visit and share some laughs just comes naturally around a backyard recreational fire. Always put safety first, though. Check out the information and safety tips, below.
Ensure a Safe Location
A fire pit should never be lit if it is located under a tree or the overhang of a structure. The area immediately surrounding a fire pit must be clear of flammable materials such as yard waste. Even days that are not blustery can have enough wind to blow sparks onto dry leaves and other combustibles. In addition, a fire pit should always be situated on level ground prior to lighting.
Check the Wind Forecast
Windy conditions pose a major potential threat to safety around a backyard recreational fire. Wind can cause fires by blowing hot embers and sparks onto combustible materials, from brush to man-made structures. Check the weather forecast for local wind conditions before getting an outdoor fire going.
As you prepare to start a fire outdoors, notice the direction of the wind first so that you can help everyone keep clear of the smoke. If anyone is on the downwind side of the fire pit, ask them to move to the upwind side. A benefit of a portable fire pit is that you can move the pit to a better location for providing a natural windbreak, as needed.
Be Ready to Put Out Flames
As magical as they can be under the sky and stars, there are risks to outdoor fires. An important step in safety is to make sure something is on hand to quickly extinguish flames. Keep a fire extinguisher, a water hose, or a bucket of water nearby.
Never Leave a Fire Unattended
As fun as outdoor recreational fires can be, they cannot be handled nonchalantly. Never leave a fire unattended, even it is nothing more than glowing embers. Someone assigned to keep an eye on the fire pit should always be on hand until a fire has gone out and has been doused with water for good measure. Some of the nation’s most destructive wildfires in history happened as a result of fires that were almost but not completely extinguished.
More Safety Tips for Backyard Recreational Fires
- Consider installing a fire screen around the fire pit as an added safety measure.
- Never use flammable liquids such as lighter fluid or gasoline on the flames of a fire pit, fireplace, or stove.
- Keep a first aid kit nearby when using a fire pit.
- Do not leave children unattended or in charge of a fire.
- Use only seasoned firewood, which means that the wood is low in moisture content.
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