Even though we all tend to think of lighting a nice warm fire in the fireplace on chilly fall and winter nights, those romantic fires are not limited to the family room fireplace.
"Preventing a fire is always the first line of defense," said Powers. "Taking a few precautions before lighting up a fire, whether indoors or out, and monitoring it, helps make sure everyone can enjoy a pleasant evening."
The top fire prevention tips for an enjoyable evening around the fire include:
- Keep flammable materials away from the flames. When outside, the best way to do this is to clear a 6 to 10 foot area around the fire pit, or place the fire pit on a hard, fire proof surface like a stone patio. Inside, keep flammable materials away from the fireplace.
- Use a screen to keep embers from drifting.
- Keep a hose (outside) or a fire extinguisher close.
- Don't leave the fire unattended and be sure it is completely out before ending the evening.
- Supervise children and pets at all times.
- Outside, don't place the firepit under trees, eaves, umbrellas or other kinds of covering.
- These same fire safety tips apply when grilling or barbecuing outdoors.
If there is an accident and a fire starts, get everyone to safety, use a hose or fire extinguisher to put out the fire while someone else calls 911.
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