The first day of fall has arrived and it has certainly brought cooler air to the Frederick area. The chilly evening temperatures lend themselves well to boots, scarves, and bonfires (or fire pits). If you prefer to use a bonfire or fire pit to stay warm this fall, you should make sure that you are taking all of the precautions for keeping your home and family safe! A properly contained, safe fire can make all the difference between a fun night with friends and some disastrous consequences. We would like to present you with some tips for keeping your family safe around the fire this autumn!
Bonfire and Fire Pit Safety Tips
Know what shouldn’t burn. There are a few things that you should never throw on a fire. Batteries, aerosol cans, bottles, and paint are just a few of the items that could cause your fire to flare up too high or the items themselves to explode. Your best bet is to only burn fire wood and paper. If you have any questions about what you can and cannot burn, please contact the Frederick County Public Health Department. They’ll be able to instruct you on what is safe to burn in the area.
Make sure the fire is far enough away from your home. If you are building a bonfire, you need to make sure that it is at least 50 feet from the nearest building. Do not burn near trees or other structures. Sparks can easily fly away from the site of the bonfire and catch an overhanging branch on fire. You don’t want to run the risk of a fire spreading away from its contained area and wreaking havoc on your home.
Clear any brush from around your bonfire area. Dry leaves that fall this time of year are very susceptible to catching fire. Some can burst into flame if they are simply touched by a spark. It is advisable to only have a fire shortly after it has rained and to make sure that you have all of the leaves safely raked away from the bonfire area. Keeping this are neat will ensure the safety of your home, family, and guests. You should also make sure that they are far enough from the fire to stay safe as well.
Frederick Homeowner’s Insurance
Do you know what your homeowner’s insurance covers regarding fires? Talk to your insurance agent about your policy and learn more about what you can do to protect yourself in case of a fire. At Wachter Insurance Agency, we take the time to get to know you and find out more about what kind of coverage you need. We’re local to the Frederick area and can better understand your situation and needs. We are a family owned and operated facility, right down to the 3rd generation. We’re an independent agency representing the ERIE Insurance Group, Progressive, AIC – Agency Insurance Co., Foremost, Chesapeake Employers Insurance, and Wright Flood. Our offerings include auto, home, motorcycle, boat, flood, business and life insurance coverage. If you have any questions about homeowner’s insurance or business insurance, or if you’d simply like to talk to a representative, please feel free to contact us at 301.371.6335.