It’s almost the time of year for brush burning in Georgia. Currently, outdoor burning is permitted between September 1st and April 30th. So, if you’re getting ready to dispose of yard debris, keep these 10 brush burning safety tips in mind.
Top 10 Outdoor Brush Burning Safety Tips
- Get your permit from the GA Forestry Commission before you burn. While not exactly a safety tip, this one is important all the same! Make sure that there are no burn bans in place.
- Use a hose to dampen the area immediately surrounding the brush pile. This step helps ensure that the fire does not spread out of control.
- Choose a day without a lot of wind or breeze. This will help prevent fires from catching surrounding trees or worse, buildings.
- Place the brush pile at least 75 feet away from any surrounding buildings or structures.
- If you need to run in for a quick snack break, ask another member of your family to keep an eye on the fire while you are gone. It doesn’t take long for a fire to get out of hand when unsupervised.
- Make sure that kids keep a safe distance from the fire, and supervise them throughout the whole burning process.
- Keep a fire extinguisher or hose on hand to help contain a fire that gets out of control. Rakes and shovels can also help extinguish a fire more quickly, so keep these within reach as well.
- As tempting as it may be to ignite a bonfire, using kerosene, gasoline, or other flammable liquids to start the fire can be very dangerous.
- Call the fire department as soon as possible if a fire becomes uncontrollable.
- Be prepared to react if the wind shifts or the fire becomes uncontained. Extinguish the fire as soon as you can, and if you cannot do so, call the fire department to put out the blaze.
What Can You Burn?
Although burning open season means that you can burn, you can’t just burn anything. The Georgia Air Protection Branch has a complete list of what you can burn during open season. The rules vary depending on county population, summer burn bans, and of course, open season. Remember to check the list before you start burning!
What Are Some Alternatives to Burning?
Burning isn’t always an option for some people, depending on zoning and health concerns. Fires, no matter how small, put out a considerable amount of pollutants into the air that are harmful to the health. Individuals with allergies or asthma are most at risk when the air is polluted.
Fortunately, there are some alternatives to open burning. Consider these if you have any yard debris that needs to be disposed of.
- More often than not, tree limbs and branches and brush may be composted into reusable landscaping filler. Call your local recycling center; they may have a chipper to convert these types of material into landscaping material.
- Compost brush into other parts of the yard to both eliminate the brush and provide a natural source of nutrients for your plants.
- Haul the brush to the nearest landfill for disposal.
- Take the brush to a commercial processing center for disposal.
For this upcoming year, open burning season starts September 1st, 2017 and ends April 30, 2018. Follow our brush burning safety tips and stay safe through all your yard burning needs!
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Ideally, after following the brush burning safety tips listed above, your outdoor brush burning goes smoothly and without a hitch. If, however, a worst case scenario occurs and your property experiences fire damage, give Tidal Wave Response a call. We are experts at fire and water damage restoration and pride ourselves on restoring properties back to their original condition. Our lines are open 24/7 for even the most unexpected damages to your property.