When the weather starts to cool down, a fire pit is the perfect outdoor activity. Whether you are roasting marshmallows or just enjoying the warmth it’s a great way to spend an evening!
No matter how or when you enjoy a fire pit this season, it is vital that you practice fire pit safety. Fire pits are known to cause dangerous burns and fire damage if not controlled or used correctly. The NFPA urges everyone to practice proper grilling and fire safety outside. If you do not properly contain the fire or you burn unnecessary materials, you and your family and friends could be in severe danger.
Building Your Fire Pit Outside
Whether you are in the backyard or on a campground, there are many different ways to build a fire. Be sure you are building it correctly to avoid hazardous situations and fire damage.
- If you are building a fire pit and do not own a metal structure, be sure to surround the fire with dry stones to prevent the fire from spreading.
- Check the direction of the wind and be aware that the embers and heat will be blowing in that direction. If it is a very windy day, avoid building the fire altogether.
- Choose a spot on the ground that is a flat and even surface. This will help ensure the fire stays contained.
- Build the fire at least 10 feet from any structures, including trees, sheds, homes, fences, and cars.
- Avoid using softer woods like cedar or pine. These types of wood spark and pop more easily. Stick to seasoned hardwood.
- If you are using a lid to cover the fire when finished, check to be sure that it fits properly and can easily extinguish the fire in case of emergencies.
- Keep a fire extinguisher or large bucket of water close in case the fire spreads too quickly.
Enjoying The Fire Pit
It is easy to get lost in the fun of a glowing fire pit while hanging out with family and friends. Be sure to practice the following safety precautions while the fire is burning:
- Keep a safe distance from the fire. Watch out for children and pets around the burning fire pit. Be careful not to inhale dangerous smoke and fumes.
- Never leave the fire pit unattended. Fires spread very quickly, monitor the fire pit accordingly.
- Do not put gasoline or kerosene on your fire, especially after the fire has started. This can lead the flames to explode or expand rapidly.
- Keep clothes, plates/cups, and other flammable items away from the fire.
Extinguishing The Fire Pit
Once you are done enjoying the fire pit, it is very important that you extinguish it properly. Leaving the fire pit to slowly burn out is dangerous and will lead to potential fire damage.
- Only use water or a fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire
- Once you have used water, take a stick or metal object to spread the ashes around to ensure all embers are out.
- Do not leave the pit until the area is cool to the touch. Some fires can rekindle if not completely extinguished.
- If you cannot put the fire out quickly or it is spreading too fast, immediately call 9-1-1.
If your home suffers from fire damage this season due to a fire pit or house fire, contact Mr. Restore. We will arrive at your home within 60 minutes of the call to assess the damage and begin cleaning and salvaging your items. Mr. Restore has over 50 years of experience restoring fire damage in Dallas and surrounding areas; we will help you, your family or your business get back to normal, fast.