Let it Burn: A Few Safety Tips to Think About During Fire Season
Nashville is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in the Southeast. Gentle wooded rolling hills highlight beautiful fall foliage, but if you were planning a big outdoor bonfire or a controlled burn on your property, you might want to pay attention to the burn laws in your area.
DRY SUMMER = DRY LEAVES
Due to the very humid, long and hot summer we had, leaves that have collected in areas of the mid-state are extra dry, and prone to a heightened risk of uncontrollable burning. According to the Tennessean, "burn permits will be required to start all open air outdoor fires within five hundred feet of any forest, grassland or woodland." There has not been a significant amount of rainfall to combat the dry tinder that our excess foliage creates. Specific communities like Brentwood have not lifted their fire bans, which usually allow for burning between October 15th and May 15th. There is no controlled burning allowed inside Davidson County (Metropolitan Nashville).
CAMPING SITES ALSO AFFECTED
If thoughts of camping in the colder temperatures without a fire is appealing to you, go right ahead. As of now, the state parks that surround middle Tennessee will not allow campfires until more rainfall collects in the area. Seems like the best place to make a smore might be inside by your gas fireplace instead of in the foothills of the Smokies.
SAFETY TIP OF THE MONTH:
If the temperature drops low enough to have your first outdoor fire, it is also a great the time to change your smoke detector batteries! You wouldn't want anything to happen to you or your loved ones you invite over for Thanksgiving. A turkey may not survive the fryer or an oven fire, but you sure can!