Staying Safe When Gathered Around A Bonfire

Posted on October 4, 2013

Now that fall is here, there may be an increase in the number of bonfires taking place around the country.  If you plan on heading out to any bonfire events in the coming weeks, it’s important that you exercise the proper safety precautions.  A new report explains how to do so.  Although the tips are geared toward local regulations, much of what’s related holds weight no matter where your bonfire is located.

In fact, location is going to play a critical part of having a safe experience.  When you put together a bonfire, you have to make sure it’s kept a sufficient distance from anything that could be set ablaze.  Areas that have been designated for camp fire and bonfire usage are acceptable; your backyard is not.

You have to be able to put the fire out at a moment’s notice if it appears that the blaze is getting out of control.  Having water or a fire extinguisher on hand is a good idea in case of an emergency, but if the fire is allowed to dwindle more naturally, you should still use a shovel to toss dirt onto the blaze so that no loose embers end up sparking a new fire.

Finally, make sure that you keep a close eye on any children that may be in the area.  A child may go closer to the fire than is safe, and if you’re around to dissuade them, a serious injury can be avoided.

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