Spring is the perfect time to gather around a fire pit with friends and family. Before starting a fire, be aware of some essential fire safety tips. By following a few simple rules, you can ensure that your next fire is enjoyable and safe. Remember these fire pit safety rules next time you spend an evening by the fire.
Fire Pit Safety: Stick to the Correct Fuel
One of the most critical factors in fire pit safety is the type of wood burned. Only use dry hardwoods that have been seasoned for at least six months. Avoid combustible liquids like gasoline or kerosene – these can be dangerous and may even cause an explosion. If you’re using a natural gas or propane fire pit, never add any additional fuel types or accelerants.
Keep it Small
Keep the fire contained within the boundaries of your fire pit and ensure that it never encroaches on any nearby vegetation or structures. Embers and sparks can easily drift away from a large fire, so keeping it small will help to prevent the fire from spreading accidentally.
Don’t Ever Leave a Fire Unattended
If you need to leave your fire for any reason, make sure it is completely extinguished. An unattended fire can quickly get out of control, so douse it with water and stir the ashes until they’re cool before leaving. If the fire isn’t out, a gust of wind could reignite it.
Maintain a Clear Space Around the Fire Pit
It’s important to keep the area around your fire pit free from clutter. Make sure that there are no flammable materials within a 10-foot radius of the fire pit, like leaves, brush, and other combustible items. Set up the fire pit away from the house and outbuildings. Never try to move a fire pit while it’s lit or warm.
Install a Fire Screen Lid for Fire Pit Safety
If you’re using a wood-burning fire pit, consider installing a screen lid to reduce the risk of sparks or embers escaping. A screen lid will also help to contain flying ash and make it easier to extinguish the fire when you’re done.
Following these simple safety tips will make your next evening by the fire pit enjoyable and safe. So have fun, but implement these tips to prevent burns and damage to your property.