Bonfire Safety Tips

Part One of our National Safety Month Series: Bonfires

Summer nights are ahead of us, and so are bonfires! We have created a list of safety tips to ensure your bonfires this summer are fun and free from insurance claims.

  1. Choose the Right Location: Make sure your bonfire is in a safe location away from any structures, trees, or overhanging branches. It should also be far from anything flammable.
  2. Check the Weather Conditions: Avoid lighting a bonfire on windy days as this can spread sparks and embers, increasing the risk of fire spreading.
  3. Keep a Bucket of Water or Sand Nearby: In case of emergencies, it’s crucial to have a ready means to extinguish the fire. A bucket of water or sand can be used to douse flames quickly if needed.
  4. Build a Proper Fire Ring or Pit: Contain the fire by using rocks or a fire ring. This helps prevent the fire from spreading beyond its intended area. Document your fire safety measures, as insurers may need proof of precautionary steps in case of a claim.
  5. Never Use Accelerants: Never use gasoline, lighter fluid, or any other accelerants to start or boost a fire. They can cause unexpected flare-ups or explosions.
  6. Supervise the Fire at All Times: Never leave a bonfire unattended, especially if there are children or pets around. Assign someone to monitor the fire at all times.
  7. Keep a Safe Distance: Encourage everyone to keep a safe distance from the fire to prevent accidental burns.
  8. Wear Appropriate Clothing: Avoid loose or flowing clothing that could easily catch fire. Opt for non-flammable materials and closed-toe shoes.
  9. Extinguish the Fire Properly: Once you’re done with the bonfire, make sure it’s completely extinguished. Pour water over the fire and stir the ashes to ensure there are no remaining hot spots.
  10. Review Your Insurance Policy: Before planning a bonfire, review your homeowners or renters insurance policy to understand what is covered in the event of a fire-related incident. Contact your insurance agent to clarify any doubts and to ensure you have adequate liability coverage.

By incorporating these tips, you can ensure not only a safe and enjoyable bonfire but also that you are adequately protected in the event of an accident.

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