As fall has officially hit with Halloween following closely behind, it's important to be reenforce some important wildfire prevention tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this season.
With a surplus of dry leaves, flowy and flammable children’s Halloween costumes and lit jack-o-lanterns on every other porch, the time is now to be extra mindful of fire safety.
Expert wildfire prevention tips include:
- Consider glow sticks or battery-operated candles instead of real candles when lighting your jack-o’-lanterns or other luminaries. If you do use real candles, light them with long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Keep lit decorations off of doorsteps, yards and sidewalks where excited trick-or-treaters may knock them over.
- Don’t put decorations near open flames and other heat sources, such as light bulbs and heaters.
- When creating a fire, always check and follow local warnings and regulations. Stay away from areas with overhanging tree branches and dry bush. Make sure your fire is at least 15 feet from tents, shrubs, trees and any other flammable objects.
- When burning debris, like dry leaves, check the conditions and local regulations first. If it’s safe to burn, keep your piles small and manageable.
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- When putting out a fire, be sure to drown the fire, then stir the coals and burned wood, drown the area again, and feel that it is cold to the touch before leaving.
- Be sure chains and other metal parts aren’t dragging from your vehicle because they throw sparks and start wildfires.
- Be careful not to drive through or park on dry grass or brush. Hot exhaust pipes can spark fire on the grass, and you might not even notice the fire until it’s too late.
- Clear your roof and gutters of unnecessary buildup of debris, such as pine needles and leaves that may hold embers floating from a grill or outdoor fire pits and catch your roof on fire.
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This is not a sponsored post. Tips courtesy of Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention.