Staying Warm This Fall: Bonfires, BBQs & Burn Barrels

Safety information provided by Auto-Owners Insurance.

The brisk yet refreshing temperatures, the crackling from the fires, and smiles shining ear-to-ear. We’re talking about Fall, of course. It’s here and it’s a great time for outside activities – especially before winter hits! Grilling, burn barrels, and bonfires light the enjoyment into the night, bringing family and friends closer together. Unfortunately, with all that fire and heat – there are always safety risks.


Here are some quick tips to help your outdoor activities near the fire stay warm, fun and safe:


Grills and Barbecues:

  • Ensure your grill is set away from your home, garage, eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Check grill gas tank hose for leaks before using.
  • Avoid moving a hot grill.
  • Keep grill clean; remove grease/fat buildup.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Keep children and pets safely away from grill area.


Bonfires and Burn Barrels:

  • Review local ordinances; verify burn permit requirements
  • Have fire extinguishing equipment available: garden hoses, fire extinguishers, rakes, shovels. (Flashlights, cellphones, and first-aid kits also often prove handy.)
  • Keep children and pets at a safe distance.
  • Make sure your outdoor gear (furniture, tools, mowers, etc.) is located at a sufficient distance from the fire.
  • Do not use accelerants to start a fire.
  • Avoid wearing flip-flops/walking barefoot near the fire.
  • Never leave the fire unattended.
  • Pay attention to wind direction and strength.
  • Properly extinguish the fire. In the wise words of Smokey Bear, “If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.”


In the case of any accidental damage to your property – or your neighbors’ – please refer with your local insurance agent for any potential policy coverages.


The informational statements regarding insurance coverage are for general description purposes only, not legal advice. Read our disclaimer.

© Jeff Munns Agency, Inc.



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