When the weather turns cooler, homeowners can continue to enjoy their outdoor living spaces by adding a heat source like a fire pit Fire pits have become very popular lately. The warmth and joy that radiates from the open fire can make parties, intimate gatherings and simple marshmallow roasts the most sought-after and enjoyable activities of the spring, summer and autumn months. However, fire pits are wrought with dangers, and to ensure the safety of you, your family, and your guests, you should address the following safety concerns.
There are a variety of types, including custom-made and pre-fab, but no matter what type you choose, remember to keep a few crucial safety tips in mind before, during, and after you light the fire.
Choose the right fuel.
It is important to select the proper heat source for your fire pit. If it is a pre-fab model, the manufacturer will list the correct type. If you plan to have one custom built, work with your landscape architect to obtain the type that best suits your needs.
Most fire pits can safely control fires that are fueled by hard woods like cedar and oak or can be outfitted to produce heat through natural gas, propane, or gel.
Make sure your fire pit is on a stable, fireproof floor.
A fire pit enclosure can be as simple as a store-bought iron basin or as elaborate as a handmade stone pit. Whatever your choice of enclosure material, the rules for safety remain similar, Your fire pit must be placed on a surface that can handle sparks or embers that might blow from the bowl. Any natural stones, like flagstone, travertine, slate, and granite, and man-made materials like concrete and durable fire-safe paving stones, are excellent choices.
Keep your fire pit away from anything flammable.
The rule of thumb is to maintain at least 10 feet of space between the fire pit and anything combustible
Keep your fire low and slow.
Be patient. If you are using wood in your fire pit, start the fire slowly. Once the fire is burning strongly, add more fuel until you have the level of heat you desire. Never, ever use gasoline—it’s too unpredictable and risky
Always have a fire extinguisher handy
Put out the fire completely before leaving the pit unattended or before finishing the evening. Even the smallest fire can become a large fire quickly, so embers should be completely extinguished.
Fire pits have become popular because they offer many evenings of free or low cost entertainment. Though popular, fire pits can be dangerous if not properly used. So, follow the above fire pit safety techniques to make your fire pit evenings as enjoyable and safe as possible.