Fire pits are great additions to any outdoor area, providing heat and comfort for us to enjoy, and adding drama and beauty to the whole surrounding space. But, there’s never playing with fire. There are very important safety measures we all need to follow if we want to fully enjoy our fire pit.
Safety Measures Before Using a Fire Pit
- Before we even think of buying a fire pit we need to look over our city or county’s regulations regarding their use, because in some cities and countries their home use is prohibited, and there are hefty fines for not following these regulations.
- When we are installing the outdoor fire pit it is very important to choose a position with a steady surface that provides proper ventilation and is aside any hanging branches or any other enclosed area. We need to also carefully follow the producer’s instructions and call a professional if questions arise.
- Since safety should be our top consideration, a fire extinguisher in a good working condition and not close to its expiration date, should always be kept near the fire pit.
Safety Measures When Using a Fire Pit
- The fire should be started slowly and with a recommended fire starter. We should never use gasoline for this purpose.
- If we use a wood burning fire pit, we shouldn’t pile on the woods too high, because this way the pellets may spill out.
- Using a fire pit on a windy weather is not recommended, but if we have to, we need to use screens for wind protection and preventing the sparks from flying out of the fire pit.
- Children should not be allowed close to the fire, and the fire should never be left unattended.
Safety Measures When Extinguishing a Fire Pit
- When we are done using the fire pit, we must extinguish the fire completely. For this purpose we can use a fire extinguisher, or we can pour water to let the hot coals or wood soak, until there is no steam.
- We can store the coals or wood in a metal ash bucket until they are completely put out, and cover the fire pit with a lid after the fire is extinguished.
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