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Safety Tips To Use With Fire Pits

Updated on May 13, 2010

Fire pits are extremely hot items right now. The dazzling fire-based home accessories have had increased sales over the past few years. And polls show that 67% of homeowners desire to have fire pits for evening parties when the weather starts to cool down. When people buy outdoor gas fireplaces and fire pits they usually have fun in mind, but one must also consider safety when purchasing a home accessory that has an open flame. In this article I will discuss ways that you can have fun with your fire pit without potentially "burnin' down the house."

Fire pit covers keep debris and sparks from flying out of the pit.
Fire pit covers keep debris and sparks from flying out of the pit.
Many people use gloves with their fireplaces, but do not think about using them with their fire pits. Fire pits get very hot as well so it's a good idea to invest in a good pair of gloves.
Many people use gloves with their fireplaces, but do not think about using them with their fire pits. Fire pits get very hot as well so it's a good idea to invest in a good pair of gloves.
Always be sure to keep a hose or bucket of water around so that you can put out your fire in an emergency situation.
Always be sure to keep a hose or bucket of water around so that you can put out your fire in an emergency situation.

One of the first things to do is check your city's open fire regulations. Many cities do not allow open fires outdoors so it is always important to check.

  • Enjoy your fire pit without worries by following these tips.
  • Do not allow children or pets near the fire pit.
  • Do not overfill your fire pit with wood or gas.
  • Keep the area around your fire pit clean and orderly.
  • Always make sure that you have something around to extinguish the fire with, whether it be a hose or a bucket of water.
  • Try not to leave your fire pit unattended.
  • When you are done with the fire pit make sure that you put out the flames completely. Don't just assume that the fire will die out on its own even if it looks that way.
  • The first time you use your pit start small, this way you can gauge how much air your fire pit draws and how it responds to the wind, as well as various other things.
  • Use safety gloves with your outdoor fire pits just like you would use with your indoor fireplace.
  • Do not use chemicals like charcoal fire starters or even gasoline to start your fire.

These tips should keep you safe while using fire pits. Another great tip is to use seasoned wood in your fire pit. Preferably you should use wood that was cut at least 6-8 months earlier or more. Hardwoods like oak produce much less smoke than softer woods. Remember to use the covering that came with your fire pit. If you do not have a protective covering for your fire pit it might be worth investing in. They help protect your fire pit from the elements so that your fire pit will be in top shape for years to come. One last tip is to use a screen on your fire pit. Again, if you do not have one of these it is definitely worth investing in. You place the screen over the fire after the initial flames have calmed down some. Fire pit screens keep you safe from any burning debris or sparks that might come up from your pit.

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      8 years ago

      Very well done hub with lots of helpful information. A+! work

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