Backyard Safety Tips
In northern Wisconsin summertime means catching up with family at backyard cookouts and spending warm summer nights telling stories around a bonfire. When combined with hot, dry weather, a single flame can rapidly advance to a devastating blaze. Here are some helpful tips to prevent your backyard going down in flames.
1.Check your clothing
Wear non-flammable clothing if possible, and never go barefoot when grilling or walking around a fire.
Whether it's a grill, bonfire, citronella candles, or tiki torches—plan where you are going to set up an open flame. If children are present, candles should be out of reach. Make sure to check with your local DNR to make sure it is safe to have a fire. Ground that is too dry can lite up with just a single spark.
3.Keep everyone aware
Everyone is responsible for fire safety. You can avoid incidents through communication and awareness. Make sure everyone is aware of any open or recently snuffed flames that may still be hot to the touch. Exercise extra caution when children and pets are present. Always be alert and never leave a fire unattended.
4.Be ready to take-action
No one knows when an accident is going to happen, but when it does, having the right tools to react can be a lifesaver. In any case of an open flame, always keep a fire extinguisher nearby, so others are aware of its location. If you're grilling or cooking over a fire, never try to extinguish it with water. Remember to keep baking soda nearby in case of a grease fire.