Keep your fire pit experience safe and fun with the following safety tips:
- Place the fire pit in an open area on a solid surface, but never on a wooden deck, grass, or any other flammable surface.
- Never place a fire pit in an enclosed area or indoors.
- Know your city or county’s regulations regarding the use of a fire pit.
- 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 and exercise courtesy as well as caution. Don’t build a fire on a windy day. You don’t want smoke blowing into neighbor’s homes and backyards.
- Start your fire small. 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 the fire.
- 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 nearby.
- As a precaution, the fire should be no larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high. Don’t pile wood too high.
- Use the wire mesh cover when the fire is lit to control flying sparks.
- The screen handle is HOT when in use.
- Use a heatproof barbeque mitt or poker tool to grasp the handle.
- It is best to extinguish the fire completely once you have finished using it. Use a fire extinguisher, or enough water to douse the fire.
Local government regulates the use of fire pits so it is important to check with your local office to see which ordinances are in place. A few regulations commonly in order are the size of the fire, the distance from the fire to structures, the use of fires outdoors during periods of drought or extreme heat, and whether proper extinguishing is available.
Check with your local government office to see which rules are in effect for your area. Safety is the key element to making sure your fire pit experience is a fun and enjoyable one.