Outdoor Fire Safety: Bonfire Best Practices for a Safe Gathering

Bonfires are synonymous with friends, laughter, and warmth. But like any fire, a bonfire must be handled with care and respect. We’ve seen the aftermath of bonfire mishaps, and we want to help you avoid them. Here’s a guide to enjoying a bonfire safely.

Choose the Right Location

  • Select a spot at least 10-15 feet away from buildings, trees, and flammable materials to avoid potential hazards. As a general rule, a fire should be distanced at least 5x its height from the nearest structure. Most places require a clearance above the fire pit of 21 feet, to allow for overhead branches.

Use Proper Fuel

  • Use only dry, seasoned wood, and avoid flammable liquids or toxic materials that may produce harmful fumes.

Monitor the Fire

  • You must keep the fire in outdoor fire pits to a reasonable and controllable size. Never leave the bonfire unattended, and keep a watchful eye on children and pets.

Have Fire-Extinguishing Tools on Hand

  • Equip your bonfire area with a hose, bucket of water, or fire extinguisher for emergencies. Keeping a mesh screen cover handy can help contain any sparks and embers that may get out of control.

Follow Local Regulations

  • Adhere to local rules and obtain necessary permits for bonfires.

Extinguish Properly

  • Put the fire out completely with water, stir the ashes, and ensure everything is cold before leaving the site.


Bonfires can create cherished memories, but safety should never be compromised. By following these best practices, you can enjoy the warmth and camaraderie of a bonfire without worry. Our fire restoration team stands ready to assist in the unfortunate event of an accident, but we hope that by heeding these tips will prevent the need.

Don’t Wait – Call Restorations Pro Today!

If you’ve experienced fire or smoke damage, don’t wait to call Restorations Pro. The longer you wait, the more damage can be done. We’re here to help you through this difficult time and get your property back to its pre-fire condition. Call us today at 423-520-6653 to learn more about our fire damage restoration services.

Disclaimer: In case of emergency, please call your local emergency services first. The information provided here is not a substitute for professional medical or emergency assistance.

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