A fire pit is a great addition to any homeowner’s outdoor space. It can provide a unique rustic beauty and the perfect place for your friends and family to gather during the spring and summer evenings. It’s important, however, to be safe and utilize proper fire safety techniques when using your fire pit. Here are some fire safety tips to keep in mind as you’re gathering around the fire pit this spring.
Before you start the fire, there are a few fire safety practices to follow. Have a place set aside for a fire extinguisher that is within close range of the fire pit in case of an emergency. Make sure that the fire extinguisher is in good working order and not approaching its expiration date, and have at least a basic knowledge of how to use it. Don’t place your fire pit in an enclosed area (where fumes can suffocate) or underneath hanging branches (that can catch from the flames). When you work with Honeysuckle Nursery and Design for your fire pit project, we’ll make sure your fire pit is placed such that these fire safety concerns are addressed properly!
When preparing a fire in your fire pit, start it small and only use recommended fire starters. NEVER use gasoline to start a fire – this is extremely dangerous and can lead to serious injury. If you have a wood-burning fire pit, don’t pile the wood too high as it may cause burning pellets to spill out. Never leave your fire unattended and keep children a safe distance away from the pit. Also, avoid using your fire pit on windy days as sparks can fly out and cause injury.
Extinguishing the Fire
Fire safety practices are just as important when putting out a fire as it is when you’re starting one. Extinguish the fire completely once you’re done with it – continue pouring water on it until there is no more steam coming from the coals on the bottom. If your fire pit has a lid, use it to cover the pit after the fire is put out. Finally, use a metal ash bucket to store the coals until they cool off for proper disposal.
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