With the help of outdoor fire pits, you can now enjoy your outdoor spaces more. Regardless of the time of the year, you can take full advantage of your patio, garden or backyards especially during these times when outdoor entertainment is the name of the game.
Given the surging popularity of these outdoor heating options, and the eagerness of many individuals to install one in their outdoors, extra caution is needed to ensure that nothing and no one is exposed to extreme danger. As we all know, fire is an element that shouldn’t be taken lightly largely because there’s so much at stake when something goes wrong as it sometimes does. Here are some fire pit safety do’s and don’ts that you might learn from.
- Do consult with your local fire department even prior to your buying an outdoor fire pit.
- Do take time to be familiar with the existing laws and regulations concerning open fire activities in your area to make sure that there won’t be any legal impediments later on.
- Do spend time to consider the perfect spot for your fire pit. Don’t position it in an area where flammable materials can get in the way of your fire.
- Do observe at least 10 feet clearance from any combustible surfaces or structures.
- If you have to position your fire pit on your deck, DO make sure to sit it on a protective mat or any concrete non-flammable material and never directly on your deck.
- Don’t use any fire starters on your wood fire pit that aren’t recommended. Remember, it is much better to start a small fire rather than begin with a HUGE one that has all the probability to spread out and become too much to control.
- Don’t leave a fire unattended. If kids are around, make sure that there is at least an adult present.
- Never take chances with your fire. Don’t leave your fire pit and retire for the night unless you are sure that the fire is properly extinguished and there’s no chance of it starting back again long after you have turned your back.
- Do have a fire extinguisher near you. If you don’t have one, a bucket of water or sand will do.
10. Do invest in useful fire pit accessories to help reduce the risk involved in an open fire activity.