The Ins and Outs of Backyard Fires | SERVPRO of North Kenosha County
The summer season is coming to a close and it is time to start embracing the chill in the air already. It’s the fall season in Kenosha County! While you are busy pulling out fall decorations, indulging in all the pumpkin spice and enjoying lazy Sundays watching football, we bet you also like to spend more time outdoors enjoying the changing seasons.
Bonfires can be a really great way to unwind and relax outside, but they can be dangerous at this time of year if not taken seriously.
Our SERVPRO of North Kenosha County wants you to enjoy your fire, s’mores and family time without the risk of starting a wildfire, so read on to learn more about fall fire safety.
Do find a safe location for your fire pit. Permanent pits may not be able to be moved, but you can ensure any brush or log piles are moved away and the trees are trimmed above the ring.
Do keep a water source close by just in case. A hose or a bucket of water can quickly extinguish any flames and should be ready to use at any time. If you don’t have water close by to use, keep a shovel on hand so you can shovel sand or dirt on any growing flames.
Do keep an eye on the weather conditions or any local burn bans. Windy days or dry conditions can make it really easy for even the smallest of fires to grow too fast or out of control. Choose another day if the conditions aren’t safe.
Don’t use gas or lighter fluid to revive a dying fire. Yes, these substances are really flammable but they are also unpredictable, so using them in an uncontrolled setting is really dangerous.
Don’t let your children play near the flames, especially if you aren’t close by. Accidents happen in seconds and can lead to injury or a situation that causes the fire to spiral out of control.
Don’t let your fire grow too large. The taller and wider the flames, the harder they are to control. Keep it small and only feed it with necessary tinder to keep it going.
Don’t head inside until you are sure the fire is completely out. Pour water over the flames and embers until everything is cold to the touch and extinguished.
While we all know that Mother Nature can be brutal and can start wildfires in any manner of ways, the unfortunate truth is that most wildfires are caused by humans. Reduce your risk of starting a wildfire by being responsible with flames and ensuring they are extinguished at night.
We are here for you if your home or property is ever damaged by a fire. Just call us and we will jump into action to help you recover faster.
Fire can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Contact us day or night for immediate assistance.