Every year towards the fall people start celebrating outdoors by making bonfires with their friends and family. Even though this seems harmless, it is important to be aware of the proper safety measures to take if you will be engaging in this type of activity. The following are tips on how to keep a bonfire safe and fun.

Keep track of the weather on a weather app or website to see if the fire conditions are too dangerous to make a fire.
If the winds are too strong outside, over 10 mph, then it is not safe for a bonfire.
Make sure that no cables or wires are over the fire.
Start the bonfire a safe distance from people’s property and belongings.
Do NOT pour gasoline or flammable liquids onto the fire to start it or strengthen it.
Keep buckets of water or a fire hose nearby to extinguish the fire.
Use only dry wood in the fire, wet wood will create too much smoke.
Always have someone attending the bonfire to make sure it doesn’t spread.
Keep children and pets a safe distance away from the bonfire.
Do NOT burn plastic, rubber, or other toxic materials.
Make sure to douse the fire with water when you are putting it out.

Maintain Safe Bonfires

By being careful and maintaining safe bonfires we can ensure that these activities are fun and harmless for everyone. When you are dealing with something like fire all it takes is a few seconds for it to get out of hand. Be prepared by ensuring that your bonfire is set up and maintained properly so that nobody gets hurt. Always check the news and the weather before having a bonfire.