With the start of fall and cooling temps, building a nice, toasty bonfire in the backyard is a great way to relax and enjoy the crisp air. As with any fire there is always risk of a disaster occurring. Please keep in mind these few things while gathered around the bonfire with family and friends:

  • Choosing a fire pit —Any fire pit should be at least 10 feet away from structures. Make sure you have room for a seating area that is large enough for proper distance and comfort.
  • Starting the fire — Never use gasoline or lighter fluid to start your bonfire. Using accelerants can create fumes, and could even cause the fire to burn out of control.
  • Have proper fire extinguishing equipment nearby — Make sure you have a garden hose and water source or a fire extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency.
  • Putting out the fire — When your evening is winding down, let the fire burn down or out. Once the fire has done this use a shovel to spread out the ashes and let them cool down then pour water over the remains to make sure the embers are completely out.

We here at ServiceMaster South of the James wish you a safe and happy fall!