Safe ways to burn debris in your yard

Burning will be a popular way to get rid of those tree branches and debris lying around your yard after the winter weather we've seen, but experts say not doing it properly can be dangerous.

On Tuesday, a man was burned by his own fire on Highway 544, when he added gasoline to the debris and wind blew the fire at him.

Horry County Fire Rescue Captain Dennis Pickard said this is one of the most popular times for people to get out and burn debris lying around their yards.

"You want to look at times when low wind. You want to make sure the area's clean and free of debris that you're burning at. That they're meeting all of the requirements of the South Carolina Forestry Commission by having a hose able to mitigate it, not burning products that are not natural, and not using accelerants to get those fires going," Pickard said.

Make sure your piles are small and are at least 50 feet away from your home.

Always start your fire with newspaper and have a source of water nearby.

"People assume because we've had a little bit of rain that the ground is wet and that a fire's not going to get out of control. And that might not be the case. Especially in times where we go through drought, it takes a substantial amount of water to make the ground wet enough not to burn," Pickard said.

Burning debris outdoors is not allowed everywhere, so you need to check with your local government to find out if your area allows it or not.