Whether you’ve had your fire pit for years or if it has just been delivered, there are a few fire pit safety guidelines you need to know before you start your first bonfire. With these tips, you can keep your future fire pit experiences safe and fun:
- Place the fire pit in an open area on a the ground or a cement pad. Never use a fire pit on a wooden deck, grass, or any other flammable surface.
- Never place a fire pit in an enclosed area or indoors.
- Check your municipality’s regulations regarding the use of a fire pit. Also check with your local fire department to see if any burn bans are active.
- Always keep a fire extinguisher, a garden hose or large bucket of sand nearby to smother the fire if necessary. Your fire extinguisher should be handy, in good working condition, and not close to its expiration date.
- Use common sense, exercise courtesy and maintain caution when using your fire pit. Don’t build a fire on a windy day. You don’t want smoke blowing into neighbors’ homes and backyards.
- Start your fire small so you can control it.
- Use recommended fire starters. Never use an accelerant or gasoline to start a fire.
- Suggested burning materials include wood, fire logs, and charcoal.
- Do not allow children or someone with little experience to light or attend to the fire in your fire pit.
- Never leave the fire unattended. Fire pits are HOT when in use and should be adult-supervised at all times. Extreme caution should be exercised when children are near your fire pit.
- As a precaution, the fire inside your fire pit should be no larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high. Fires often get too big when people pile wood too high.
- Use the wire mesh cover when the fire is lit to control floating embers.
- Remember the handle to a wire mesh cover will quickly get HOT when in use.
- Use a lid removal tool (included in all CobraCo® fire pits) to grasp the handle of your wire mesh cover. A heatproof barbeque mitt or fireplace poker tool may also be used.
- It is best to extinguish the fire completely once you have finished using it. Use enough water to douse the fire. Don’t use your fire extinguisher — save its charge for use in an emergency.
It’s very important to understand that your local government may regulate the use of fire pits. Check with your municipality to see which ordinances are in place and don’t be afraid to ask questions about them. Typical regulations dictate the need for a container (such as a fire pit), the size of a backyard fire, the distance from the fire to structures, the use of fires outdoors during periods of drought or extreme heat, and whether proper extinguishing resources are available.
Fire pit safety is the key element to making sure your fire pit experience is a fun and enjoyable one.