If you love your fireplace and dread the end of the colder months because you won’t be able to enjoy the aura it creates until late next fall at the earliest, fear not. There is an alternative. Fire pits have become increasingly popular in recent years—they’re the #1 requested backyard design feature according to the American Society of Landscape Architects—and the trend shows no sign of losing steam.
The warmth and joy that radiates from the open fire can make parties, intimate gatherings, and simple marshmallow roasts the most sought-after and enjoyable activities of the spring, summer, and autumn months. However, fire pits are wrought with dangers, and to ensure everyone’s safety, there are important safety tips every fire pit owner or potential owner should know.
Fire Pit Safety Basics
As with any situation involving fire, there are many safety measures homeowners can take to ensure that you and yours remain safe. The following safety protocols are a good jumping off point:
- Always keep a fire extinguisher handy.
- Keep a first aid kit on hand for any accidental burns.
- Don’t light a fire in windy conditions. One stray spark can ignite a large fire.
- Don’t light a fire if a burn warning has been issued in your area.
- Don’t allow children to light or play near the fire. Closely supervise children at all times around your fire pit.
- Always use seasoned wood and kindling to light your fire. Avoid using soft woods (e.g., pine or cedar) because they can pop and throw sparks. Do NOT use accelerants (e.g., gasoline, lighter fluid, or alcohol) or trash to light a fire.
- Put out the fire completely before leaving the pit unattended or before going inside for the evening. Even the smallest fire can become a large fire quickly; as such, embers should be completely extinguished.
- Safely dispose of all ashes.
Fire Pit Positioning
You should set up your fire pit in an area that is well away (no less than 10 feet) from adjacent walls or building overhangs. You’ll also want to make sure the area is free of combustible materials and on a noncombustible surface. As an extra precautionary measure, you should move all outdoor furniture at least 3 feet away from the fire pit as well. Keep an eye out for low-hanging branches and drooping power lines overhead, and place the pit well clear of them.
Fire pits are very popular, but you need to keep fire pit safety in mind when using them. We hope the tips listed in this blog will help you get the most out of your enjoyable outdoor addition and reduce the likelihood of injury and/or damage to your property. The professionals at Bart Fireside are ever ready to meet and exceed your expectations. Give us a call (803-772-7364) or stop by our showroom today! We can help you with your decisions and give you the confidence of knowing that you’re investing in a product you’ll be happy with for years to come!