There is nothing quite like a crackling fire on a cold day. A fire pit provides a cozy way to spend time outdoors even when the weather is cold. Before you begin roasting marshmallows, you should know the essentials of fire pit safety.
Never Use an Accelerant
There is an art to fire starting that may take some time to learn. It is easy to get frustrated and just reach for the lighter fluid to get things going. However, using an accelerant can cause the flames to quickly get out of control, or even cause an explosion. Use wood shavings, newspaper, or kindling to get a gentle fire going and slowly build it from there.
Place Your Fire Pit Away From Structures
When planning the location of your pit, take a look at your property and choose a spot that is at least 10 feet away from the closest structure. Stay away from buildings, decks, gazebos, sheds, fences, and trees.
Skip Fires on Windy Days
A crisp fall day is a perfect time to gather around the fire pit with a hot beverage. Before you light your fire, take a look at the weather. Having a fire on a breezy day can be dangerous. Even a gentle breeze can carry embers to dry areas where they can smolder and grow into a fire.
Keep Water Handy
No matter how cautious you are with your fire, it can still get out of hand. Always be prepared for the worst by having a water source nearby. The best way to do this is to run a long hose out to your fire pit, so you can immediately spray down any coals or embers that escape the pit. Otherwise, keep a fire extinguisher and bucket of sand close by to smother any stray flames.
Know Your Local Fire Pit Safety Laws
Fire pit safety includes knowing when and where your local law enforcement allows you to have a fire. Each local area has different laws and restrictions when it comes to outdoor burning. Some prohibit fires during the hottest, driest times of the year. It is up to you to be aware of local fire safety laws. Ignoring them could come with a fine, so do your research.
Using your fire pit is a fun and relaxing way to spend time with friends and family if you do it safely and responsibly. These safety tips will help you keep your family and home safe while enjoying the warmth of your fire pit.