Outdoor Fire Safety

Dated: 10/23/2019

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Now that the weather is changing and finally cooling down, a lot of people are going to be using outdoor fire pits. While these can be fun and create some great memories, there are certain safety precautions that should be followed.

First, make sure your fire pit is located far enough from your home, foliage, or any other structures. By placing your pit far away from these items, you are decreasing the chance of something catching fire. A good distance is anywhere from 5 to 10 feet from your home. Also be sure there are no low hanging branches that may catch a stray ember from your warming fire. 

If your fire pit is in your backyard, be sure to place it on a hard, non-flammable surface. In doing this, any stray embers that get caught in the wind may be more likely to fall on a surface they won’t light. So avoid grass, outdoor rugs, or wooden decks, and use cinder blocks, bricks or any other non-flammable material as a base for your fire pit.

Next, is the importance of having a source of water nearby when lighting a fire. In the chance that your fire gets out of hand or embers are caught in the wind, having water closeby can save your property. It can be a spray bottle for small embers or a jug near the fire pit. Also consider turning on your hose at the faucet but off at the nozzle so that it’s ready if needed.

To insure that your fire stays under control, make sure to only place a little wood at a time to keep the flames low. Also, avoid the use of softwoods that tend to pop more frequently like pine, cedar, or firs. When you light your fire pit, make sure to use only matches. Liquids, like lighter fluid or gasoline tend to make fires too large and dangerous for fire pits, so it’s best to steer clear of any liquid starters. 

Another precaution to consider is the clothing worn around a fire pit. Loose fitting clothing can be a huge fire hazard when lighting your fire, adding logs, roasting marshmallows, or even putting your fire out. While it may be tempting to wrap yourself in a nice cozy blanket, that blanket could be the cause of an accident. 

Once your fire has been lit, be sure that it is attended at all times. Children and animals should not be left near a fire without an adult present. We all say things can happen in the blink of an eye and it’s true.

The final precaution involves the disposal of your fire pit ashes. There is a proper way to discard these and should be done once they are completely cooled. When you are done with your fire for the night, make sure to wet the embers with your nearby water and cover with ash. Wait a few days before disposing of your ashes as embers can remain hot for several days. 

We are sure there any many more tips on fire safety and we encourage you to do your research and make sure you are prepared when building a fire in your outdoor fire pit. Enjoy the cooler weather, safely!

-The Smith Team


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