Help reduce wildfire risk
As the weather warms and we all begin spring cleanup around our yards, many of us will use a burn barrel to burn off the debris and brush winter left behind.
While some may think a burn barrel is a safe way to contain a fire, at least compared to open burning, it still can cause wildfires if not handled properly, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources warns.
The DNR offers the following checklist to ensure a safer burn barrel:
∫ Set the barrel on level concrete blocks or a similar hard, nonflammable surface.
∫ As required for burn barrels, use a cover or screen with holes a quarter of an inch or smaller to prevent flying embers.
∫ Set the barrel far away from flammables, like woodpiles, and trim any overhead tree branches.
∫ Always keep a water source and shovel nearby, and never leave a fire unattended.
∫ Before lighting a fire, check the weather. Don’t burn on a dry, windy day.
Ol’ Smokey was right: Only you can prevent forest fires.
Do your part to keep all of us and the Northeast Michigan beauty we enjoy safe.