There is nothing like a campfire to create a cozy atmosphere when friends and family get together under the stars. A fire draws the gaze and lets you keep warm while socializing in the cool of the evening. A campfire can even be used to cook a meal if you have the right type of fire and accessories. But where there is fire, there is extreme heat. It is important to take precautions to keep everyone safe around a backyard campfire.
The popularity of backyard fire pits is on the rise, and so is the risk of injury, particularly for children. Fire pits and outdoor heaters injured 5,300 or more people who were treated in emergency rooms in a recent year, as reported by NBC News. Approximately 25% of the people injured were under the age of five. Many burn injuries occur the day after a backyard campfire and are caused by still hot coals.
Backyard campfires are fun, but they come with a risk of injury. The following tips can help minimize the risk for your family and guests:
It is important to have homeowners insurance in case someone is injured through a campfire or otherwise on your property. Our knowledgeable agent can help you find a policy that suits your needs at the best available rates.