How Safe is a Yurt?

Yurt with a secure door

Often they have secure doors now, just like your house!

It is truly remarkable that yurts are enjoying something of a modern-day renaissance right now.

It’s not every day that a nomad-friendly structure from centuries past catapults its way back into the zeitgeist to become a favorite choice for campers looking for a bit more space than an average tent can afford.

Yurts are Spacious but are they Safe?

More than that, there are even those looking into yurts as an off the grid affordable alternative to homes.

What that says about the current state of the housing market is a question for another day; however, as we must first tackle a more pertinent point – just how safe are yurts, anyway?

Manufacturing Quality

wooden yurt roof with a hole

Wooden beams like this often are an indicator of high quality

One of the big determining factors in whether any form of housing is safe is the manufacturing and construction quality, and yurts are no exception.

If you go for a bargain basement yurt with thin, easily torn walls, or a roof which is anything but rainproof, it’s fair to say that you’re probably not living in the safest place in the world.

That being said, in the same way, shoddy homes don’t represent what quality homes are alike, the same holds true for yurts.

The best yurts are manufactured with high-strength weatherproof fabrics and sturdy wooden doors, offering a superior degree of sturdiness and quality.

Modern yurts also feature roofs which are reinforced with wooden beams to offer an overall sturdier structure.

While it still isn’t as strong and durable as a traditional home, it’s a far cry from the flimsy tent living with which yurts are all too often associated.

Fire Safety

While homes can have their own fire safety issues, there is understandably even more concern with yurts. While the best yurts often feature materials which are nonflammable, you will still want to take great care when building any fires or stoves within your yurt.

In addition, if you choose to have fire and heating options inside, you’ll probably want to make sure the yurt is properly ventilated.

DO'S:
  • Keep it well ventilated
  • Ensure items are nonflammable
  • Ensure the fire is manageable
  • Make sure the ground is not flammable
  • Have a clear evacuation route
  • Build it far from trees/bushes

DONT'S:
  • Let it get out of control
  • Build it too large
  • Build it on a wood floor
  • Leave it unattended
  • Let children close
  • Sleep with it lit
  • Never start a fire near dry grassland/bushes

Security Concerns

Yurts often don’t have the same degree of home security protection as do traditional homes.

Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean top-tier yurts can be easily robbed, either.

The best modern yurts often feature optional deadbolts and other features which will be added to help you lock your door after you erect the yurt.

While yurts may not have all the same wall thickness and security bells and whistles as traditional homes, with a little attention and care you can make your yurt a safe place to stay.