Backyard Fire Pit Basics – Fire Damage Prevention

Ready to light up that fire pit in your back yard?

Just use simple common sense to determine how to safely burn your debris.

  • Be aware of your surroundings! It’s that simple. Making sure that it’s not windy or extra dry out will help you avoid a quickly-spreading fire.
  • Your local area could be under a “burn ban” or something that requires a special permit before you burn. Check with the city.
  • Rule of thumb: 3 times the height of your pile for vertical clearance, and the site should be surrounded by at least 10 feet of dirt or gravel in each direction.
  • Make sure you stick around to maintain things. It can be easy to walk away, but always put your fire out completely first.
  • If it’s the windy/dry season, check your burn area after you extinguish the fire for up to 2 weeks after the initial burn.

It’s nothing you haven’t heard before, but it’s always smart to refresh your mind on some of the potential dangers and realities of how quickly a fire can spread and how devastating its trail can be.


If you home has been affected by fire damage in the Memphis or surrounding area, please contact RCI Restoration Services any time, 24/7 for professional, reliable damage restoration.