Fire Pit Safety and comfort are hallmarks of a well-appointed outdoor room.
And outdoor fire pit accessories like safety screens make backyard bonfires very safe; keeping flames contained without sapping warmth or light.
You know the old saying, "If you play with fire, you're going to get burned!"
This doesn't have to be true. But accidents do happen.
here are a few fireside safety tips to ensure that your fire stays right where you put it.
Safety tips to consider:
Size matters. With large fires, comes the potential for greater diaster. Small fires are simply more manageable
Place wood-burning fire pits so that they are not sitting on a wooden deck or in an enclosed structure without ventilation.
For wood burning fire pits, use fire start blocks instead of lighter fluid or gasoline.
Burning wood generates emissions that may contribute to air pollution. To reduce the impact on the environment, build small hot fires with dry, well-seasoned hardwood (dried for six months or longer to reduce the moisture content) that's easy to light and burns long and efficiently.
Consider a outdoor gas fire pit with manufactured logs that burns EPA-certified clean-burning fuel, or opt for outdoor heating alternative options such a pellet stoves.
Remember that fire pits get hot, too, so don't touch.
Keep fire pits away from plants and containers.
Fire pits safety require that you
remove low-hanging branches or brush close to the fire source and keep the fire away from roof overhangs.
Keep a water hose or a bucket of sand nearby, or invest in a good fire extinguisher and learn how to use it in case you need to smother a fire quickly.
Never leave a burning fire
unattended. Pour water on the fire when you're ready to go
Fire pit fety screens
Fire pit safety screens are a must have fire pit accessory. Wood fires inevitable have exploding logs and flying embers. With a fire pit screen, you'll burn responsibly.
When not in use, fire pits look great dressed up in a
fire pit safety screen. Only, with propane and gas fire pits,
there's no risk of lying embers.
When and what to burn
Don't burn anything that can release harmful fumes, such as poison ivy vines or pressure treated wood.
Build with the wind in mind. Don't burn when it's windy or when drought conditions make wildfires possible.
If strong breezes are impossible to avoid, consider installing a chiminea instead to raise the point at which the smoke releases so it's directed away from guests, gathering spaces, and neighboring yards.
Otherwise, you may find your
fresh-air space not so fresh.
If you are considering a wood
burning fire pit, check with the local fire marshal about fire
pit laws, city codes, and
If wood fires aren't allowed in your
area, ask about the rules for installing a natural gas
or propane fire pit. They may be more acceptable.
Follow these fireside safety tips and enjoy your
outdoor space year around.