With fall having officially started, many organizations and people will create bonfires for the amusement and enjoyment of guests, friends, and members. These fires are wonderful for roasting hot dogs and creating smores. They are also a lot of fun during fall evenings when there is some chill in the air. Unfortunately, as with all fires, there are some dangers to them.
Bonfires have become more popular in recent years. This has also resulted in an increase in the number of injuries seen by doctors. The majority of injuries are affecting children under the age of six. These children are hurt when they crawl or fall into the bonfire. As can be expected, the injuries seen by doctors are mostly burns.
Another hazard of bonfires occurs when there is any wind. Glowing embers that drift away can ignite other items on fire. Before a person may realize it, his or her house may be up in smoke. For this reason, bonfires should not be created close to buildings or other items that are at risk of catching fire. Plenty of water should be kept handy in the event that the fire gets out of hand.
Wind plays a big role in spreading fires. Bonfires shouldn’t be performed when there is a significant amount of wind. This wind will not only feed a fire a lot of oxygen, but will carry embers further, resulting in an increased risk of fire.