A fire pit is a cozy addition to your backyard. It’s important to take into account fire pit safety before you gather around your family around the fire. Here are a few fire pit safety tips that should be practiced to prevent the fire from getting out of control.

The Best Location for Fire Pit Safety

Build or place your fire pit at least 10 feet away from any structure. Make sure there are no plants or shrubs around the area either. Never put the fire pit in an enclosed area with anything overhead. Trim any long branches or bushes that are near the fire. Make a barrier of stones, cement pavers, or bricks around the fire pit.

Types of Wood

Don’t burn newly chopped wood in your fire pit because it will produce smoke and sparks. Also, refrain from burning treated wood used for construction, because it will let off toxic fumes. Use seasoned hardwood as much as possible. Don’t throw anything in the fire that isn’t wood.

Take Precautions for Fire Pit Safety

Before you sit in front of your fire pit, make sure everything is ready to go. Have a bucket of sand or a fire extinguisher nearby. Check the weather before starting a fire in the fire pit. Refrain from starting a fire if the forecast calls for heavy winds or if there is a fire ban in your area.

Start Your Fire Safely

Keep the fire small. A large fire can easily get out of hand. The best way to start a fire is with a fire starter stick or kindling. When the fire starts to burn, you can add larger pieces of wood. Do not start the fire with gasoline or another flammable liquid.

Putting Out Your Fire Pit Safely

When you’re done using the fire pit, make sure the fire is completely out. The best way to do this is to spread ashes over a large surface area of the fire. Pour a small container of water over the ashes. Make sure they cool down before you go inside. Sometimes embers will flare up if they are not completely cool.

You can enjoy your backyard fire pit responsibly and safely if you follow these simple tips.

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