3 Yard Fire Hazards to Be Aware of
The backyard can be a fun place during the summer – but it can also be dangerous. One of the biggest dangers, especially during hot and dry weather, is fire. This article is to bring you awareness of potential fire hazards in your own backyard.
Trees and gardens can add a lot to a backyard, but they can also catch fire and help fire spread. Fire departments recommend that homeowners think in terms of “defensible space,” which is defined as the area surrounding a building. Plants within the “defensible space” have to be maintained in a way to reduce the risk of fire and allow firefighters to safely reach the building.
They should also be fire resistant. Trees, shrubs and other plants should be spaced apart, so the fire can’t jump from plant to plant. Tall trees should not be planted near a house, and their branches should be at least ten feet away from the chimney. A tree’s lower branches should be removed to make it harder for a fire that started on the ground to climb up the tree.
A fire pit is an outdoor fireplace. It can range from to a stone ring around the fire to a plain metal bowl with a grill top and protective screen cover to a “chimenea” that comes with a smoke vent. People enjoy firepits because they evoke the feel of campfires. To prevent a fire from raging out of control, the owner of a firepit should follow certain rules.
First off, the firepit should be made of fireproof materials like cement or brick. The firepit needs to be at least ten feet away from any building or deck. The homeowner should clear anyway flammable debris like branches or dead leaves before starting a fire. Firepits should not be used during windy conditions, for the wind could blow embers about and start a fire. There should always be a responsible adult nearby; in some places, unattended grills or firepits are a leading cause of fires.
Flaming outdoor torches can add ambience to an outdoor party, but they can also be a fire hazard. In order to reduce the risk, torches should not be placed under anything flammable like trees. They should be about six to eight feet apart and at least six feet away from any buildings. The homeowner should then make certain the torch is securely anchored, especially if they have children or pets that might knock it over.
A torch stand or stake can give the torch extra stability as can tying it to a fireproof fence or post. The homeowner should use a funnel when pouring the torch fuel into the reservoir to prevent spills. Most torches come with a snuffer cap attached to them, so the homeowner should use that to put out the torch when the party’s over. Both torches and fuel should be stored in a safe place away from children and pets.