Introduction to Firepit Safety
Introduction to Firepit Safety
Posted by Fortunoff Backyard Store
Stay warm. Stay safe.
Everyone loves gathering around a firepit on a chilly evening, sharing stories, roasting marshmallows, and enjoying the warmth and ambiance, but don't let your good time interfere with your safety. Whether you're a seasoned firepit enthusiast or new to the world of outdoor fires, here's a comprehensive guide to fire pit safety that will keep your gatherings fun, memorable, and hazard-free.
1. Choose the Right Location
Selecting the ideal spot for your firepit is the first step in ensuring safety. Clear the area around the firepit of debris, leaves, and other materials that could catch fire. It helps prevent sparks from igniting nearby objects and reduces the risk of accidental fires. Choose a level, non-flammable surface away from overhanging branches and other potentially combustible materials. Avoid placing your fire pit on grass, wooden decks, or near shrubs. It's best practice to set up your firepit at least 10 feet from any buildings or flammable structures.
2. Use the Right Firepit
Opt for a firepit designed for safe outdoor use. Weigh the pros and cons of a wood-burning, propane, and natural gas firepit. Each type has its own safety guidelines, so follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper installation and usage. You can also invest in fire pit wind guards for extra safety. Wind guards protect the fire from strong winds. They also protect you from stray embers and accidentally getting too close to the fire.
3. Always Supervise an Open Fire
Never leave a firepit unattended, especially when it's lit. Assign someone to supervise the fire and keep a fire extinguisher nearby to eliminate the risk of the flame catching onto something and burning out of control. If children or pets are present, don't let them get too close to the firepit unless they are old enough to understand the dangers of fire and the importance of staying away from the flames.
4. Use Safe Fuels
If you're using a wood-burning firepit, only use dry, seasoned wood. Avoid using treated or painted wood, as it can release toxic fumes when burned. Propane or natural gas firepit owners should use the manufacturer-recommended fuel.
5. Dress Appropriately
Wear appropriate clothing when tending to the firepit. Loose, flowing blouses or jackets can easily catch fire, so opt for fitted attire and avoid wearing anything made of highly flammable materials like polyester.
6. Extinguish the Fire
Don't forget to extinguish the flames after your fireside gathering is over! Use water or sand to douse the fire, and double-check for any remaining smoldering embers. We recommend letting the ashes cool before placing them in a metal container for easy disposal.
Creating a Welcoming Outdoor Space for Relaxation—with Peace of Mind
Enjoying the warmth and camaraderie of a firepit is the perfect fall experience, but safety should always be a top priority. Fortunoff Backyard Store offers a range of firepits designed with your needs in mind, ensuring a worry-free lounge experience. Following these fire pit safety tips can help you enjoy your outdoor space while keeping everyone safe and sound.