A fire pit is a great addition to the backyard. It might be the place where you wind down from a long day or gather with friends. However, without proper preparation, your fire pit can become a hazard to you and those around you. Use the following fire pit safety tips to help keep your family and your home safe.

Selecting the Proper Location

It’s important to place the fire pit in the right location:

  • Choose an area with level ground. All fire pits should be placed or installed on level ground to prevent the fire pit from tipping over or burning wood from falling out.
  • Keep the area free of vegetation. Don’t select an area with an abundance of trees, shrubs, or plants. A good general rule of thumb is to have about 10 feet clearance around the entire pit that is free from vegetation.
  • Don’t position the fire pit beneath a structure. Even though they are not completely covered, a partially enclosed space or overhang still poses a fire hazard. Install the pit in an area that is completely open.

Add an Extra Level of Protection

There are different ways to construct your fire pit, and you can even purchase pre-made portable models. No matter what type you select, installing bricks, gravel, sand, or other non-combustible items around the pit will help reduce some of the hazards commonly associated with fire pits.

Fire Pit Safety Tips after Installation

Fire pit safety doesn’t stop after you have the pit installed. The most important fire pit safety tips come while you are enjoying the addition to your backyard.

  • Check wind conditions. Avoid using the fire pit on windy days as it can increase the chance of blowing sparks around to other areas.
  • Keep chairs away from the fire. Being too close to the fire pit may result in clothing and hair catching fire, and damage to the furniture.
  • Don’t leave the fire unattended. Even if the fire has died down and you are just making a quick trip in the house, never leave the pit unattended. Even smoldering coals still pose a threat.
  • Keep the alcohol to a minimum. Alcohol and fire do not mix. Alcohol impairs your judgment and coordination, which can lead to accidents and injuries.
  • Follow burn bans. There is a reason why an area issues no burning rules at certain times. Not following burn bans can lead to hefty fines and put peiople and property at risk. Check with your local fire department to see if a burn ban is in place in your area.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and a fire extinguisher is an inexpensive tool that should be within reach of all fire pits.

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