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A Few Words About Fire Pit Safetyin Outdoor Living
Whether winter or summer, sitting around a fire pit with friends and family is a time-honoured tradition and generally enjoyable time. Fire pits are not only enjoyable to look at, but can keep you warm on a cool evening and even roast a few marshmallows. While fire pits may be fun, they can also be dangerous and there are a few simple steps to follow to make sure everyone remains safe.
Fire Pit Distance and Location
- Having an open flame source too close to the house is a bad idea. At a minimum, make sure that the fire pit distance from the house is 25 feet. This also includes the distance from any neighbouring structures.
- Also, make sure the fire pit is not too close to any trees or other flammable source – especially low hanging tree branches.
- Make sure the fire pit is also on a non-flammable surface such as concrete, or paving bricks. Do not have a fire pit sitting on a deck or lawn.
Fire Pit Start Up
- Before starting your fire pit, you should ensure area is clear of any flammable materials
- Check the direction of the wind to make sure nothing flammable is downwind.
- Do not light the fire pit if conditions are windy
- Do not use flammable liquids to light the fire pit. Using gasoline, oil etc. can cause serious burns. Instead, use a fire starter stick with small pieces of kindling
By following these simple safety guidelines, you will soon be sitting around enjoying your fire pit.