Even More Safety Tips
Don't Attempt Burns
Do not attempt a controlled burn on your land without contacting the local fire department to check on conditions and precautions.
Beware of Plastic Hazards
Avoid burning grass near plastic culverts as they are flammable.
Avoid Smoking Nearby
Do not throw cigarette or cigar butts on the ground or out of a vehicle. Dispose of them properly and make sure they are completely extinguished.
Develop a Safety Zone
Keep a 30 foot “safety zone” surrounding your home. This area should be clear of brush, with grass cut short. Store firewood and other combustible materials at least 30 feet away from any buildings. For homes that sit on a steep slope, the safety zone should be increased accordingly.
Close Cut Grass
Keep your yard healthy, cut, and watered. It is a natural firebreak.
Clean up dead leaves and twigs from your yard, roof and gutters. Cut tree limbs within 15 feet of the ground and remove dead branches that extend over the roof.
Keep Vehicles Away From Dry Grass
Do not park cars, trucks or recreational vehicles on dry grass or shrubs. Exhaust systems on vehicles can reach temperatures of more than 500°C; it only takes about 200°C to start a grass fire in the summer.
Use an Approved Spark Arreste
Use an approved spark arrester on all internal combustion engine power equipment. This special muffler helps ensure that sparks generated by off road vehicles, chainsaws and other equipment don’t start grass fires.
Communicate the Dangers to Children
Parents should emphasize to their children the dangers of playing with fire. Children who have no idea how quickly flames can grow and spread start many grass fires.
Don't Leave BBQs Unattended
Homeowners who barbeque should maintain a 10 foot area free of brush and shrubbery around grills and propane tanks.
Keep a Water Resource on Hand
Keep a shovel, bucket of water, fire extinguisher or garden hose on hand at any time while burning outside. If conducting a controlled burn, have a water hose close by and inform your local fire department before burning.