Whether you’re camping in your backyard, or are on a camping trip in the wild, nothing ruins the experience like waking up to outdoor smoke and fire damage. Flames out in the open present a risk of spreading so you have only a few minutes to get out of harm’s way or to try and extinguish the fire.
Here are some outdoor fire hazards that you need to keep in mind when outside with friends or family.
Store Your Grills Safely
It isn’t uncommon to leave hot grills standing outside after a BBQ. NFPA reports that roughly 8,800 home fires are caused by grills every year. Outdoors, there are chances that the wind will blow over your grill, which might fall on your wood deck, debris, or even plants, setting them on fire. Here are some safety tips to consider:
- Use grills on flat ground and open spaces only
- Keep the grill a safe distance from your house or any other flammable object (at least 6 feet)
- Do not leave the grill unattended when hot
- If grilling with charcoal or wood, try to smother the fire after you are done or simply remove the burning coals and extinguish them
Outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, and bowls are recognized by the NFPA as the reason for thousands of grass and brush fires every year. Here are some safety considerations to keep in mind.
- Place the pit/bowl in a well-ventilated area
- Keep a fire extinguisher nearby
- Keep dried leaves and other debris away
- Maintain good distance between your fireplace and flammable objects
- Don’t leave a burning outdoor fire unattended.
- Don’t use large logs for your outdoor fire
- Extinguish the fire when not in use
Fireworks also present a huge risk of fire – especially if not handled correctly. Make sure you keep these key safety rules in mind to prevent fire and smoke damage.
- Consult local firework laws before purchasing and using fireworks
- Do not aim the firework in the direction of your house or trees
- Light fireworks one at a time
- Move away from the fireworks quickly
- Have a bucket of water nearby
- Once the fireworks are used, soak them in water, and dispose in a metal trash can (away from your home)
These safety tips should help you and your family stay safe when dealing with fire outdoors. If you ever need more advice on fire hazards, or if you’d like our help in recovering from fire or smoke damage, Major Restoration is here to help. So, get in touch today!