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4 Safety Tips For a Beach Bonfire

Safety Tips for a Beach Bonfire

Beach bonfires are a staple of the summer, and in South Walton, you can enjoy beach bonfires even in the autumn. But as with anything involving large amounts of fire, it’s important to take safety precautions. You want to have a good party, one where everyone leaves feeling that they had a great time. That won’t be the case if your friends and family leave with burns or welts. Take care during your beach bonfire with these safety tips.

Don’t Use Metal Skewers

What’s a beach bonfire without roasted marshmallows for s’mores? This is likely already part of your plan, but make sure that you don’t roast those marshmallows — or anything else — on metal skewers. Metal skewers conduct heat. When held over the fire, they can become quite hot which can burn your hand while you’re working on your marshmallow. It’s better to use wood skewers.

Choose Your Location Carefully

Many beaches have designated fire pit areas. If the beach you visit does not have a designated area, make sure that you plant your fire pit above the high tide line. You can see where the water stops at high tide by looking at the line of debris washed ashore. Make sure that your fire pit is a safe distance from bushes or trees, as well — keep in mind that even a wayward spark can start a fire. When you choose a beach bonfire through a beach bonfire rental like The Rental Shop 30A, we can set the bonfire up for you, taking this issue off your hands.

Stay Within Regulations

Most places have fire size regulations for beach bonfires. If your fire becomes too large and sparks shoot off too far, this could become dangerous to the local wildlife or other beachgoers. In South Walton, regulations state that your material should be stacked no more than 4 feet high in order to keep the fire in check. On a similar note, guests are required to keep at least 3 feet from the edge of the fire pit.

Use Natural Wood

Make sure that the wood you use for the fire is natural and untreated. Wood with chemical treatments could be more flammable in a dangerous way. It could lead to the fire rising higher than intended or the release of toxic fumes. It’s also safer for the environment to use natural, untreated wood for your beach bonfire. Again, when you work with The Rental Shop 30A, your firewood will already be provided.

The Rental Shop 30A provides a wide variety of beach bonfire packages. Each one includes set-up and clean-up, as well as wooden roasting sticks and a legal permit allowing you to hold your beach bonfire. Interested in renting one for yourself? Call The Rental Shop 30A today at (850) 260-0001.

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