Fall is a beautiful time of year, prompting friends and family to venture outside to enjoy time gathered around a fire, roasting marshmallows and telling stories. Whether your choice is a grill, smoker, bonfire or burn barrel, the primal pull of fire helps people bond as the summer heat begins to wane. Here a few tips to help you safely enjoy your fall.

Grills and Barbecues:

  • Ensure your grill is set away from your home, garage, eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Check grill gas tank hose for leaks before using.
  • Avoid moving a hot grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Keep children and pets safely away from the grill area.

Bonfires and burn barrels:

  • Review local ordinances; verify burn permit requirements.
  • Have fire extinguishing equipment available garden hoses, fire extinguishers, rakes, shovels. (Flashlights, cell phones and first aid kits are handy.
  • Keep children and pets at a safe distance.
  • Make sure your outdoor gear (furniture, tools, mowers, etc.) is located at a sufficient distance from the fire.
  • Do not use accelerants to start a fire.
  • Avoid wearing flip-flops/walking barefoot near the fire.
  • Never leave the fire unattended.

Properly extinguish the fire. In the wise words of Smokey Bear, "if it's too hot to touch, it's too hot to leave"

If a fire accidentally damages your property or a neighbor's, contact our office regarding coverage for damage under your homeowners insurance.



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