The photo above may seem dramatic, but this house fire was the result of people throwing paper in to a camp fire. The same fire also destroyed 88 other homes, and cost the lives of (2) fire fighters. Don’t ever forget how dangerous fire is, and how quickly it spreads.

Safety Precautions:

1) Before building a fire pit, check with your local fire department to see if you can legally have a fire. Some areas may not allow them, or require that you have a screened in or enclosed fire pit. They may also limit how tall the flames can be, or require that the fire pit is gas and not wood.

2) Make sure you have a way to extinguish the fire such as a bucket of sand, shovel, 5-gallon bucket of water, water hose, or a fire extinguisher.

3) Don’t start a fire when it’s windy.

4) Never use lighter fluid, gas or kerosene when lighting your fire.

5) If embers are flying, your fire is too big! Wet it to get it under control.

6) Never leave a fire unattended: this includes going to get more wood, going hiking or hunting, or when you go to sleep.

7) Keep the pit at least 20 feet away from any structures, trees, shrubs or power lines.

8) Keep a 10-foot radius around the fire pit clear of leaves, pine needles, fire wood, or anything that could potentially catch fire.

9) Keep the area clear of anything that could cause someone to trip and fall in to the fire pit.

10) Keep children away from the fire.

11) Do not burn trash in your fire before you leave it.

12) Do not throw paper or cardboard in your fire. That hot paper embers can fly away and start a secondary fire.

13) Before you leave for the evening, allow the fire to die down, and pour water over the hot embers to ensure they are extinguished.