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Fire Pit Safety for your Milwaukee Home or Business

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

outdoor fire pit with live fire According to the United States Fire Administration, it takes less than 30 seconds for a small flame to get completely out of control.

Surrounding oneself with family and friends around an outdoor fire pit is a fun pastime as the weather begins to cool.  While these gatherings are forever memorable, please ensure they are the good type of memorable by following these safety tips.

  • Check the weather.  If winds greater than 15 MPH are in the forecast, do not ignite the fire pit at your gathering.
  • With weather permitting, make a fire pit and clear all brush from the area.  No structures within 25 feet of the fire pit should be present.
  • The safest way to start a fire is with small kindling.  If you must use charcoal lighter fluid, make sure to seal the container and keep it far away from the fire.  Never use lighter fluid once the fire has started.
  • The size of a recreational fire should be no more than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high.
  • Keep a bucket of water and garden hose nearby.
  • Never use an accelerant such as gasoline, diesel fuel, or kerosene.
  • Do not spray aerosols or toss canisters or fireworks into the fire.
  • Keep a safe distance from the fire, and don’t horse around.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol near the fire pit.
  • Make sure to put the fire out completely.  Stir the ashes and dou7se thoroughly with water.

Most villages and townships do not allow open burn of garbage, automobile tires, papers, trash, leaves, foliage, clippings, brush, and trees and grass clippings.  Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are permitted only when firewood is used for recreational purposes in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

In the event you sustain damage from a fire pit mishap, please don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Milwaukee North at 414-354-7566 for help.

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