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Everything You Need to Know About Fire Pit Safety

Top Tips from Your Trusted Chimney & Fireplace Company 

There is something truly charming about sitting by the warm, dancing flames of a glowing fire. And what would be even more appealing is if you could experience this warmth while sitting in your backyard, enjoying a cool breeze and the beautiful outdoor ambience. Outdoor fire pits and fireplaces have become increasingly popular in recent years. In addition to offering comfort when there is a chill in the air, they make for an attractive design feature in your backyard. 

Whether your home has an outdoor gas fire pit, an automated fire bowl or a natural stone fire pit, read up our useful tips on fire pit safety. These will come in handy even if you are looking to invest in a new one.

Tips for Fire Pit Safety

Here are some basic guidelines to ensure that your cozy fire does not turn into a destructive inferno: 

  • Pit Selection and Positioning: Your fire pit should be at least 6 inches in depth and 2 feet wide to ensure that the embers and flames are contained within the pit. Ideally, you must position your pit at least 10 feet away from any structure or neighboring property. Ensure that there are no low overhanging tree branches or covered structures above the pit. Let the fire pit sit on non-flammable surfaces such as paver blocks or concrete, and do not place them on wooden decks or directly on your lawn.
  • Prepping Your Fireplace: Try to see that there are no flammable materials within 5 feet of your fire pit. Instead, pile up rocks around the pit to prevent an errant spark from transforming into a full-fledged fire. If possible, install a screen to limit the embers within the area of the pit.
  • Using Your Fire Pit: Before you light your pit, take a quick look at the weather and wind conditions. If winds are strong, avoid lighting a fire during that time. Keep a container of water or a fire extinguisher close by, just in case you have to tackle a minor fire. Use only the manufacturer recommended fire starters and do not leave the pit unattended. If you have young children or pets in the vicinity of the pit, keep a close eye on them and teach them to be respectful of fire safety norms from an early age. 
  • Extinguishing Your Fire Pit: Drown your pit in water and stir it with the shovel to make sure the fire is fully extinguished. Keep the shovel within easy reach if you have to snuff out any escaped sparks. Safely clear and store the ashes in a separate container; do not dump them in a paper or plastic bag or any other combustible material. Keep in mind that even after 2 to 3 days, ash can stay hot enough to cause fires.

Follow these safety precautions and make the most of your outdoor fire pit. In fact, don’t just limit its usage to a bonfire for sitting around with family and friends. Instead, use it to roast marshmallows, or add a grill on top and convert it into a versatile outdoor stove.  

When you invest in a new fire pit, or have any concerns about your existing one, rely on your local chimney and fireplace company. Let Elite Fireplace advise you and help you for all your fire pit needs. 

Call us at (610) 489-4274 today or contact us online to learn more about our services and products. A representative will be in touch soon.