Nothing is more fun than a bonfire on a smoky, cool autumn night. BUT … there's also danger so we all need to be concerned with safety. Our guest author today tells us everything we need to know for a safe and fiery evening.
So you are getting ready for a bonfire at home. You’ve got all the supplies needed for a fun and enjoyable night. But do you know all the safety guidelines and procedures to take to ensure that nothing will go wrong? Whether you are looking to burn unwanted garden waste or to have a fun time, you need to know certain rules to ensuring a safe and protective bonfire. Bonfires can be fun, but very dangerous at the same time. If you take the necessary steps before hand, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable time.
For one, make sure you forewarn your neighbours before you start the bonfire. If you fail to do so, you might get some unhappy neighbours that could complain and end your bonfire night abruptly. It would be good to plan your bonfire on a night were you know that not a lot of people will be outside that could be affected by the smoke.
One way to prevent smoke is to ensure that whatever you’re burning is not soggy or moist. This will create more smoke in the process and make your bonfire a disaster. Safety is essential, and that means do not erect your bonfire near fences, sheds, tress, or your house. Make sure nothing, like cables, will obstruct the flames and catch on fire. Do not apply paraffin or petrol in starting your fire. These are dangerous chemicals that could result in an uncontrollable fire.
It is also good to keep a bucket of water or garden house handy in case it gets out of hand. Keep eyes on the fire at all times. Do not leave it unattended and left to its own devices. Keep children and pets away from the fire so that they do not get burnt and/or risk life. Additionally, do not throw anything flammable or dangerous into the fire that could explode and cause bodily damage or death. Keeping all chemicals away from the bonfire at all times is a safety measure that should be practiced no matter what.
If you follow these standards of safety when considering having a bonfire, you’ll be safe and protected against anything that could go wrong. Knowledge is power. Reading and taking the time to understand what is right and what is wrong when creating a bonfire could be lifesaving. Making sure you, your house, and your family are safe is the essential goal when having a bonfire. If you make the necessary arrangements for a safe bonfire, then there should be nothing to worry about.