While using firewood is a common practice for many Hunt Valley homeowners, brushing up on fire safety basics is always a good idea. Nothing is more important than safety when building a fire; firewood is often used in or around homes, and inadequate preventative measures can put your family and property at risk. Keep these safety tips in mind when using firewood in Hunt Valley, and be sure to contact Lehnhoff’s Supply for delivery!
Basics of Firewood Safety
Whether you are using a fireplace, campfire, or backyard fire pit, there are a few critical safety best practices that everyone nearby should know. Keep an eye on any children or pets in the area, and never leave a burning fire unattended. Extinguish the fire completely before leaving or going to bed, and store ashes safely. Only use appropriately dried firewood, and make sure that your stove, chimney, and other equipment are well-maintained. If you are inside, make sure that the space is properly ventilated and that the smoke has a place to go.
Considerations When Cooking With Firewood
Cooking with firewood is a fun activity for the whole family, but it also involves getting much closer to flames, heat, and hot stones or metal. Be mindful of where you reach or put your hands. Remember that heat rises; reaching over a fire or hot cooking surface can be dangerous. Avoid wearing long, flowy, flammable clothing when cooking over an open fire. Be aware of flammable materials such as potholders, towels, oil, and food, and have a large pot lid or an appropriate fire extinguisher handy to manage all kinds of unexpected flare-ups.
Other Fire Hazards
It’s vital to practice proper safety around open flames, but there are other sources of fire danger in your home to consider, too. Electrical fires are particularly hazardous, so dispose of any frayed cords or malfunctioning electronics. Don’t run electrical cords behind or under blankets, rugs, or drapes, and ensure that your smoke detectors are functioning correctly at all times. Smoking is another potential safety risk. Keep your home safe by stubbing out cigarette butts, cigars, and other products entirely before tossing them. Use an ashtray or a tray of sand to do so, and consider soaking your waste completely in water before throwing it into a trash can. Never leave a cigar or cigarette butt to go out on its own.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for summer and fall, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you. Find us at 2708 Belair Road, Fallston, MD 21047 and give us a call at 410-510-7646. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been up to, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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