Fire Pit Safety Tips

Fall is the perfect time to use an outdoor fire pit. The crisp cool night air makes an outdoor fire pit an ideal place for you and your guests to enjoy a warm conversation or a romantic evening. There are many different options for fire pits today. Whether you prefer a more modern style or traditional decor suits you better,  you are sure to find a fire pit that will perfectly complement your outdoor living space. As you consider purchasing a fire pit for your fall entertaining, you will also want to learn a little bit about fire pit safety.

Fire Pit Safety Tips You’ll Use All Year Long

  • Fire pits, by nature, are a safer way to keep your fire contained, than a traditional campfire.  Many fire pits have a mesh surround which allows you to enjoy the beauty and heat that your fire produces, while keeping the majority of stray sparks contained. Other styles of fire pit don’t have mesh, but they sit deep with in a stone surround. Keep all components of your fire pit in good working order for the best results.
  • When building your fire, it is best to use natural materials such as kindling or fire starter sticks. These natural materials my start your fire a little slower, but will give you more control over the flame. When using lighter fluid or other chemical starters, your fire will start quickly but can easily get out of control.
  • For the best fire pit safety, find a safe location for it in your backyard. Your fire pit will need to be on a flat level surface, in an open area where there is proper ventilation.  It will need to be a fair distance from your home and any other outdoor structures. We recommend keeping your fire pit 10-20 feet away from your home and at least 3-5 feet away from outdoor furniture, plants, or trees. Be sure that any dry, dead, or low hanging foliage is cleared in a circle approximately 15-20 feet around your fire pit.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher or garden hose nearby to extinguish any escaped flames before they get out of control.
  • Finally, be sure to allow everything to cool completely before cleaning any ash or left over debris from the fire pit.

With proper fire pit safety precautions, a fire pit can be the perfect accessory to turn your backyard into an inviting fall retreat.