Fire Pit Safety

Winter is the best time of year to gather with family and friends and use the fire pit. Fire pits are one of the most popular patio accessories for colder weather. Although sitting around the warm fire roasting marshmallows and talking sounds like a perfect evening, there are some fire pit safety rules that should always be followed.

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  • Carefully Place a Fire Pit – Positioning your fire pit is an important part of fire pit safety. Do not place the fire pit near any flammable materials or covered roofs. You should try to put the fire pit at least 10 feet from any other structures.
  • Buy a Fire Extinguisher – All fire pit owners should keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency. Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher so you will be prepared to use it properly.
  • Gel Fuel Warning – Many personal fire pits use gel fuel. The National Fire Protection Association has issued a recall and a warning against using this product due to the serious risk of flash fire and burns. All pourable gel fuel, regardless of manufacturer, poses a fire hazard.
  • Never Leave a Fire Pit Unattended – Do not leave a fire pit unattended. Children and animals should not be within 3 feet of a fire pit. The U.S. Fire Administration states that children and pets should not use a fire pit.
  • Do Not Throw Things into a Fire Pit – Do not burn trash or debris such as leaves, paper, cardboard, or plywood. Pine and cedar are types of soft wood and can pop and spark; avoid them at all costs. Hardwood is the best type of wood for burning in a fire pit.

Following fire pit safety tips will only make your experience more enjoyable. Fire pits are known to be a fun place for warmth, ambiance and making memories. Keep fire pits a safe place by following the safety precautions.

Posted: Friday, November 9th, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
Categories: How Tos, Patios / Decks.
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