Bonfire Safety for Your Michigan Backyard

Summer is officially here, and that means it’s time to have bonfires in our backyards – but not before making sure you’re sticking to these bonfire safety tips.

Bonfire Safety Tips Every Michigander Should Follow

Fire spreads quickly, which we know first-hand as one of Ann Arbor’s best fire damage restoration companies. Where – and how – you build your bonfire matters. Follow these simple guidelines to keep yourself and your neighbors safe:

  1. Let your neighbors know that you’re lighting a bonfire. (If you live near us, we’re always open to an invite!)
  2. Only burn dry material. Never burn damp material, which causes more smoke.
  3. Build your bonfire a good distance from sheds, fences, your home and nearby trees.
  4. Make sure there aren’t any cables (such as phone wires or electrical wires) near where you’re lighting the fire.
  5. Don’t use gasoline or any other fire accelerant to get the bonfire going – it can get out of control very quickly, and it could put you in harm’s way.

As a general rule, you should keep your bonfire at least five times its height away from your home, fences or sheds. If the fire’s going to burn 3 feet high, it needs to be at least 15 feet from any structure in every direction.

When your bonfire is burning:

  • Keep at least one bucket of water (or preferably, a garden hose) nearby that you can reach in the event of an emergency
  • Never leave a bonfire unattended
  • Keep kids and pets well away from the fire
  • Never throw fireworks into the fire
  • Don’t burn anything you shouldn’t, like canisters or any painted surfaces, because doing so could put your health at risk
  • Spray the embers with water when you’re finished; that helps prevent the embers from reigniting themselves

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