Flames, Fun & Fire Safety
We are so busy nowadays, so when we have the opportunity to slow down and enjoy the benefits of the summer season, we jump on it! Family barbecues, s’mores and late-night bonfires are all staple activities to enjoy this season.
In order to create these fun times and memories, use of fire is required. From bonfires to grilled meals, it is important to practice good fire safety.
While we are doing our best, the risk of sparking a wildfire is always there. In fact, the National Park Service states that 85% of wildfires are started by humans.
Understanding the different risks that fire brings should only make you aware of the risks, not prevent you from firing up your grill for your latest fresh fish purchase or enjoying your portable fire pit. These simple measures below will ensure you are burning responsibly every time so you can continue to enjoy what you love most.
Grills, campfires and fireworks are disproportionately responsible for the start of home fires. When a fire breaks out due one of those reasons, it is typically due to user error.
Always have a responsible person tending to the flames and never leave a smoldering fire pit unattended. Even embers and sparks are enough to start a fire.
If you enjoy bonfires as a family, build them with approved wood only and light them with matches or lighters. Gas and other chemicals should never be an option when starting a fire.
Portable fire pits are also another popular way to enjoy a bonfire. If you own one of these pits, place it on a level and sturdy surface only and avoid overhangs and garages.
Approved firewood should be the only thing you burn once your fire is established, even though it can be tempting to casually burn any other debris while the fire is hot.
If you are a fireworks enthusiast, keep in mind that there are only two days throughout the year where firework use is legal and permitted in our area. Independence Day and New Year’s Eve are the only two holidays where you can legally enjoy pyrotechnics. Be safe and only use approved fireworks from reliable businesses.
If you live on a property that requires a significant amount of yard cleanup every season, it can be necessary to practice safe yard waste burning in order to keep your lawn clean and clear.
Before lighting your fire, check this live updating county map to see if we are in any current burn bans.
If we are not in a burn ban and you want to proceed with your project, check current weather conditions to make sure it will not be windy. If it is windy or been a really long time without rain, choose another activity for the day.
If you do find yourself in the aftermath of a garage or house fire, give SERVPRO of Tallahassee a call. We are trained in fire damage restoration and we provide quick and reliable service to all of our customers.
Burn safely outdoors. And save some chocolate for us! If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact us today to get restoration started faster.