Jonathan Geissler July 21, 2017 No Comments

Fire Pit SafetyIt doesn’t get any better than spending time with friends and family around a blazing fire in your backyard fire pit — unless, of course, that fire blazes just a bit too much!

A fire pit can be a fantastic addition to your home, but it’s also a potentially dangerous one if you’re not prepared. Here are some tips to help you keep that fire in the pit (and away from everything else)

Is it legal?

  • Before building or buying a fire pit, check the regulations in your area to learn about laws and restrictions.

What kind of pit do you want?

  • You can buy a fire pit or build one. If you choose the build it yourself, don’t dig a hole just anywhere and throw some rocks down. Put some thought into it and you’ll have a safer spot to enjoy.

Ready to build your fire?

  • Ensure the area under and around the pit is clear of flammable materials.
  • Keep the pit itself at least 10 feet from any structures.
  • Gather hard, seasoned wood. Before you start the fire, have a fire extinguisher or a garden hose handy.
  • Be respectful. Nothing can extinguish the good vibes of a nice fire quicker than police complaints from smoked-out neighbors.

Is the fire out?

  • When the night is done, spread out the ashes and let them cool off for a bit. Then gently pour water or sand over them. Stick around for a little while to watch for flare-ups.

Here’s to making great memories around the fire without getting burned!

 

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