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Use Leaf Burning Safety Tips and Avoid Danger

Use Leaf Burning Safety Tips and Avoid Danger
...stay safe and reduce the risk of fires.

The American Red Cross is offering tips to help you stay safe this Fall and reduce the risk of fires. As the weather gets cooler and days grow shorter, leaf burning is a cherished tradition in many parts of the country. The sights and smells of these bonfires can be as much a sign of Fall as pumpkins and the first frost. However, it’s important to remember that burning leaves in your back yard or a field can quickly lead to a dangerous situation, spreading to surrounding bushes and trees and even your home.

To stay safe and reduce the risk of fires, keep the following tips in mind.

  • Use caution when burning leaves – Clear leaves away from the home and other buildings. Burn leaves only when permitted and in accordance with local laws and guidelines. Use extreme caution to ensure safety and control of the fire.
  • Prepare your home – Select building materials and plants that resist fire. Regularly clean your roof and gutters to remove flammable debris. Identify and maintain an adequate water source outside your home.
  • Gather firefighting tools – Set aside household items that can be used as firefighting tools: rake, ax, bucket, shovel, etc. You may need to fight a fire before emergency responders arrive.
  • Install smoke alarms in your home – Install them on every level and in every room of your house. Test alarms once a month and replace them every ten years.
  • For more information on how you can stay safe and prepare for fires, visit our Home Fire Safety and Wildfire Safety.

    About the American Red Cross:
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.