Fall is here and we’re all excited to get outside. Fall time calls for bon fires, toasted marshmallows and ghost stories. But, is your land as prepared as you for a fire? Make sure you are taking all the necessary precautions to keep you and your landscape safe this fall! By giving your site a second look and taking the necessary precautions, you could keep yourself and your land safe this year!
Putting together your campfire site: When picking a site for a bon fire, you need to check not only the land where the fire will be placed, but also the surrounding area. Make sure you are starting the fire in a proper fire ring, fire pit or in a gravel surrounded ring. Starting a fire in an appropriately built fire pit, will give you a greater chance of being able to fully enjoy the fire and a lesser chance of it getting away from you. If you start a fire around dry grass, it has potential to catch and spread at a rapid rate. A well-treated lawn has a lesser chance of catching fire as easy.
Check the weather: When planning a fire, make sure you first call and check with your local Fire Department. Many weather conditions can factor into your fire making and the potential for a fire spreading. The wind can play a huge part in the spread of fire. Embers and sparks may fly onto surrounding grass or into surrounding landscape and catch, causing a bigger area coverage making it harder to put the fire out if not fully prepared.
Use the right burning material: Only burn safe materials such as twigs, branches and leaves. Burning water bottles and other plastics may blow up and out of your fire. Burning anything other than a compostable material also pollutes the air and is harder on the lungs if inhaled. It can also be harmful if the fire is being used to cook food.
Properly extinguish your fire: Make sure, before the fire is even started, that you have something close by to extinguish it. This could be, a hose, bucket or extinguisher. Having one of these things handy will not only give you piece of mind but also be easily accessible if the fire does get too out of hand. This is another reason that a properly built fire pit or ring is a good idea.
We hope you have a very safe fun-filled fall season!
-The Mike’s Landscaping Team