Summer is the ideal time for cookouts, campfires, and barbeques. Do you know the rules on outdoor fires in your area? They’re probably different whether you live in a rural or incorporated area, and may change if the weather’s been extremely dry. More people are developing their yards to include brick fireplaces or fire pits. Just because a fire is enclosed by stone doesn’t mean it’s perfectly safe. High winds, improper fuel, or inattention to a fire can cause disasters. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca wants you to have a safe summer, but we also want you to know we offer the best fire damage repair and restoration services, just in case things get out of hand.
Here are some helpful tips on keeping your home or other structures safe from recreational or cooking fires:
- If it’s windy, don’t light a fire. Wait for a better day.
- Don’t use barbeques on decks, porches, or wooden surfaces.
- Always have a fire extinguisher or hose handy.
- Use the right type and amount of fuel for your fire and make sure it fits inside your fire pit or other container.
- Don’t overload the fuel; you want heat for warmth or cooking, not an inferno.
- Check the local fire code before you install a fire pit or fireplace.
- Place fire containers on level concrete or gravel rather than directly on the lawn.
- Follow the ten-foot rule: If it’s a contained fire, keep it at least ten or even 15 feet away from a structure; if it’s a campfire, double the distance.
- If you build a campfire, dig a pit first, remove all burnable grass from around the hole, and surround it with rocks.
- Keep a cell phone handy to call 911 if needed.
- Put out all fires before leaving an area. That means no embers or smoke remains.
If you experience a structural fire, remember to call us right after you call your insurance company. We respond promptly and can handle any fire disaster repair, from immediate cleanup to long-term restoration. ServiceMaster is your best option for disaster recovery in Mankato, Waseca, St. Peter, and surrounding areas. Contact us today to learn more.