With the weather warm and the evenings long, summertime is the perfect time for bonfires in the backyard. DIY fire rings and fire pits have increased in popularity in recent years and the outdoors is becoming an extension of the family living space. Growing up, some of my fondest memories are camping with my family and staying up until all the stars are in the sky while singing around the campfire. Summer family time is made all the better while spending it around the glow of a fire.
Using caution around the campfire is important, as advised by my husband – a second generation fire fighter. Staying safe while enjoying fire is easy when you know the facts. The placement of your fire pit is important to think about. Make sure there are no low hanging branches from trees close by that could easily catch fire from a spark. Never put your pit under an awning or in an enclosed area. A good measure is to ensure your fire is 10 to 20 feet away from your home and plants so that sparks that could possibly ignite won’t be an issue.
When burning in your backyard what you burn, is as important as where you burn it. Leaves, cardboard and garbage can cause excessive smoke which can affect anyone close by with open windows. Larger pieces of dry wood, once you have your fire established, is the only thing that should be in your fire pit. If your fire does get out of control make sure you have a plan in place to get things under control quickly. A nearby water source is essential or even invest in a fire blanket to help stop any stray sparks. When you are done for the evening never go in without knowing that the fire is out completely.
Preparing for summer fun around the bonfire means that once you stock up on the s’mores and the hot dogs to be roasted, it’s all about making memories. Enjoy your evenings spent outdoors with family and friends this summer!