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Bonfires, BBQs & Burn Barrels

Fall is a beautiful time of year, prompting friends and family to venture outside to enjoy time gathered around a fire. Whether your choice is a grill, bonfire or burn barrel, the primal pull of fire helps people bond as the summer heat begins to wane. Here are a few tips to help you safely enjoy your fall!

Grills and Barbecues

  • Ensure your grill is set away from your home, garage, eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Check grill gas tank hose for leaks before using.
  • Avoid moving a hot grill.
  • Keep grill clean; remove grease/fat buildup.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Keep children and pets safely away from grill area. 

Bonfires and Burn Barrels

  • Review local ordinances; verify burn permit requirements.
  • Have fire extinguishing equipment available: garden hoses, fire extinguishers, rakes, shovels. (Flashlights, cellphones and first-aid kits also often prove handy.)
  • Keep children and pets at a safe distance.
  • Make sure your outdoor gear (furniture, tools, mowers, etc.) is located at a sufficient distance from the fire.
  • Do not use accelerants to start a fire.
  • Avoid wearing flip-flops/walking barefoot near the fire.
  • Never leave the fire unattended.
  • Pay attention to wind direction and strength.
  • Properly extinguish the fire. In the wise words of Smokey Bear, “If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.”

If a fire accidentally damages your property or a neighbor’s, contact our office regarding coverage for damage under your homeowners insurance policy.