The spring may seem like an odd time to worry about brushfires. But according to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, most occur in Pennsylvania in the spring and fall, and 98 % of those are caused by humans. The perfect recipe for a brushfire is an available source, such as a field; dry conditions; and an ignition source. Throw in the strong March winds, and you have a fire that can get out of control quickly and cause damage to homes, sheds, garages, and barns.
Awareness and prevention are key when it comes to keeping your family and property safe.
Tips to Prevent brush fires
- Do not toss lit cigarettes
- When doing tasks that may throw sparks – such as welding –only work in a shop building or cleared area
- Keep your yard clean of debris -*Remove fallen tree limbs and leaves
- Do not leave a campfire or burn barrel unattended
- Practice careful controlled burning
o Heed all local burn ordinances regarding when or if you may do a controlled burn in your area
o Make note of recent weather conditions – If it has been dry for a prolonged period, or very windy, do not burn
o Use a metal container for burning with a ½-inch ventilation hole at the base and a 1/4-inch steel screen on top and clear a 10-foot area around the barrel
o Keep water and a rake nearby to put out any sparks
o Ensure all embers are completely out before leaving the area
Alternatives to Burning
- Instead of burning brush and clippings, try mulching them up for compost to add to gardens.
- Check with your township to see if they offer brush pile pickups
If you experience fire damage, Mammoth Restoration’s mitigation and restoration teams are dedicated to putting your life back together 24/7. Call us at 888-495-5211