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Deck Fire Pit Safety
  If you’ve been thinking about putting a fire pit on your deck, with the cooler months approaching, now may be the perfect time!! Fire pits are appealing both aesthetically and emotionally. Few accessories offer warmth, light, and ambiance while simultaneously providing an inviting atmosphere.

While fire pits are a great adjunct to a home, there are a few safety concerns, and this article will cover many of them. Please don’t forget, fire can be dangerous, so always be cautious. There are a myriad of safety issues, and this article cannot cover every circumstance. This article addresses many safety concerns so you, your family, and friends can safely enjoy your fire pit.

Before you purchase your fire pit, research your county and city codes regarding fire pits. Be sure you understand your local regulations – fines can be hefty and they are so easy to avoid.

Once you know the rules and regulations in your location for your fire pit, make the purchase!! Before you use your fire pit for the first time, read the owners manual. It will instruct you on how to setup the fire pit properly and will address many safety concerns. If you have questions, contact the manufacturer. Don’t guess.

FirePit Safety Concerns:
1. First and Foremost: Never leave a fire unattended for any amount of time. Always leave an adult by the fire to make sure it is safe, and be attentive while the fire is active. Ensure there are no stray sparks and that the fire is safe. Keep a fire mat around the fire pit, and keep a fire extinguisher or hose nearby in case of an emergency. Don’t forget, a single spark can turn into a fire. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

2. Keep the deck clear of clutter. Fire pits will spark, and a spark can easily hide. If you keep the area around the fire pit free of clutter, you will be better able to see any stray sparks.

3. Maintain a good distance from the bottom of the fire pit to the floor of the deck. This will help minimize missing a stray ember.

4. Purchase a fire extinguisher and fire mat. Keep the fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergency. Don’t forget – fire extinguishers will expire, and you need to make sure that yours is in top working condition.

5. Do not get too close to the fire. Clothing can catch on fire – especially polyester materials. Keep children away from the fire and be cognizant of their proximity to your fire pit.

6. Do not place your fire pit under a roof. It is for outdoor use, and will be unsafe if used under a roof or inside a closed location.

7. Once you are finished with the fire pit, make sure the fire is completely out. A single ember can relight and this can be a very dangerous scenario.

Fire pits are wonderful and will offer years of enjoyment. Just be aware, safe, and enjoy.
 
FirePit Safety Concerns:

  1. First and Foremost: Never leave a fire unattended – not even for a second. Always leave an adult by the fire to make sure it is safe, and be attentive while the fire is active. Ensure there are no stray sparks and that the fire is safe. Keep a fire mat around the fire pit, and keep a fire extinguisher or hose nearby in case of an emergency. Don’t forget, a single spark can turn into a fire. I’m sure you remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
  2. Keep the deck clear of clutter. Fire pits will spark, and a spark can easily hide. If you keep the area around the fire pit free of clutter, you will be much safer.
  3. Maintain a good distance from the bottom of the fire pit to the floor of the deck. This will help minimize missing a stray ember.
  4. Purchase a fire extinguisher and fire mat. Keep the fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergency. Don’t forget – fire extinguishers will expire, and you need to make sure that yours works!!
  5. Do not get too close to the fire. Clothing can catch on fire – especially polyester materials. Keep children away from the fire and be cognizant of their proximity to your fire pit.
  6. Do not place your fire pit under a roof. It is for outdoor use, and will be unsafe if used under a roof or inside a closed location.
  7. Once you are finished with the fire pit, make sure the fire is completely out. A single ember can relight and this can be a very dangerous scenario. Fire pits are wonderful and will offer years of enjoyment. Just be safe.