Hale Fire Protection District

Outdoor Fire Safety

Follow outdoor fire safety. Keep distance, have water nearby, no flammable fluids and extinguish before leaving to prevent fires and injuries.

As we gear up for the approaching warmer months, many people will find themselves drawn to outdoor activities that involve fire. Surrounded by family and friends, there are few things more enjoyable than a backyard barbecue, a campfire, or a dazzling fireworks display. However, these fun-filled gatherings may quickly spiral out of control and turn dangerous if appropriate precautions are not taken. To minimize the risk of property damage, injury, or even death, it’s essential to be aware of outdoor fire safety. This involves taking extra care when using grills and fire pits, making sure that chimneys and outdoor fireplaces are properly maintained, and exercising extreme caution when handling fireworks. In this detailed article, we will cover all the fundamental tips and safety measures necessary to keep everyone safe and secure while enjoying outdoor fire activities. By taking these precautions seriously, you can enjoy all the fun and excitement of these cherished summertime traditions while keeping everyone safe and sound.

Outdoor Fire Safety

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Fire pits, campfires, chimneys
and outdoor fireplaces

    • Build campfires at least 25 feet away from tents, shrubs, and anything that can burn.
    • Use chimneys, outdoor fireplaces, and fire pits outdoors at least 10 feet away from your home or anything that can burn.
    • Closely watch children when the fire pit is in use.
    • Use a metal screen over wood-burning fires to keep sparks from floating out.
    • Turn off or put out fires before you leave the backyard.
    • Store matches and lighters out of children’s sight and reach.


    • Fireworks are dangerous to people and pets. Using them puts your property at risk.
    • The best way to stay safe from fireworks is to not use them. Instead, attend a public fireworks display put on by professionals.

Grill Fire Safety

    • Only use propane, charcoal, and wood pellet barbecue grills outside. Indoor use can cause a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
    • Place your grill well away from siding and deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
    • Keep a 3-foot safe zone around your grill. This will keep kids and pets safe.
    • Open your gas grill before lighting.
    • Keep an eye on your grill. Don’t walk away from it when it is lit.
    • Clean your grill after each use. This will remove grease that can start a fire.
    • Place the coals from your grill in a metal can with a lid once they have cooled.
    • Do not store or use a grill on a porch or balcony.
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