Safety Tips for Backyard Fires & Lighting

As the summer continues, you may spend more evenings moving your socializing outdoors, from barbeques around the grill to roasting marshmallows on a fire pit. It’s important to make sure you maintain proper safety while working with open flames outdoors.

Use Caution & Covers Whenever Possible

The most common sources of fire damage or injury come from negligence and user error. Candles or tiki torches can be easily knocked into, falling into the grass or catching a tablecloth or article of clothing.  When using open flames to light your yard, it is important to make sure to use extreme caution. Make sure everything is anchored down properly to prevent falling and keep portable candles out of reach. If possible, use flame shields or depressed candle holders to contain flames.

Follow Proper Safety Protocol

Make sure everyone in the yard is kept away from open flames and know how to stop, drop and roll should they get too close. Never leave an open flame unattended, and make sure it is properly extinguished before heading in for the night. Unexpected wind gusts can cause hot embers to fly away and land in grass or even on your siding, which can cause your home to catch on fire. If the flame gets to close to your home and a fire begins, contact emergency services immediately.

Use Artificial Flames Where Possible

When you are looking for ways to light up your yard for your next gathering, consider investing in flameless candles and torches. Flameless candles are battery-operated and are a great decoration whether you are indoors or outside. If you like the way a tiki torch or smaller source can light your yard and pathways, solar options are available. These are safer to use and more environmentally friendly.


If an accident occurs and your home is affected by a fire, contact Boston Board Up Services for structure stabilization immediately. We will board up your windows and stabilize any beams as soon as the situation has been contained. We can be reached 24 hours a day at (800) 949-9113, or you can fill out our contact form.