The personal paperwork might include papers with your social security number, account numbers or other private information you don't want others to have. For the people who don't have a fireplace to burn personal and private paperwork once they are finished with them, you'll want to read these five ways to safely get rid of those no longer needed papers.
When you want to burn private paperwork plan a day that the wind is not fiercy blowing.Look at the weather report to see what the wind will be doing in your city on the planned burning day.Consider another day if the wind is wild. If you will be burning for more than just a few minutes to 1/2 hour, you might need a burning permit from your county or city branch of government.Have nothing else to do while you are burning your papers. You will be at the fire site the entire time you burn personal papers. Have animals put indoors so they don't distract your mission of burning safely.
Choose a place that has no bushes nearby. Stay away from drooping tree branches or other foliage that can easily catch on fire. Select a place that is away from house, shed,cars, fence and deck. Avoid clothes lines with clothes hanging from that too. You can remove the clothes if that is the place you have selected to burn your private paperwork. Look carefully at the place you selected before you lite that match. Do not have any dangling or flowing clothing that might catch fire when you start the blaze. Tie back hair if needed for safety. Step back after you light those papers.
Get a hose or a bucket with some water in it. Soak a wide circle around that area you will be using for burning your paperwork.Don't put water on the spot you will be using for your burn. If you have some bricks or stones put them down to use as a base for burning your important papers. Do not use flammable fluids to start the fire. These might flare up with an unexpected rush of fire making it an unsafe burn. Keep the fire contained to your burning area that you planned. When you see sparks use your hose water or bucket water to put them out.
Gather Needed Tools
In order to burn safely get all the tools you will need before starting your fire.A Hose is an important item to consider having close by with water turned on from the spigot. A large bucket with water in it will secure your safe burn if you need to douse the out of control fire too. Have a shovel to move ashes or dirt if you need to. Be completely prepared from start to end of burning your important paperwork. Wet down the shovel or other tools you used in the event they have sparks or flammable paper on them.
Never leave a burning area; not for one minute while you answer the phone or tend to some other activity. Remember a fire has a mind of its own so needs constant supervision. Hold the shovel in one of your hands and the hose in the other so you will be prepared in the event of a sudden surge of fire. Look for sparks and tend to them immediately. Keep watch over the fire while it is burning and completely put the fire out when you are finished. You will need to use the hose making sure you see no smoke before you leave the burned papers.
Preventing surprise flare ups while burning even a small bunch of papers is a personal responsibility. The person starting a fire is responsible for making sure it does not go out of control and cause damage elsewhere than the burn site.