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Outdoor Fireplace - Safety Tips

Updated on April 30, 2010

 Have you planned on getting an outdoor fireplace? If so, then this can be very exciting. It is also a good choice on your behalf. They come in a variety of different sizes and shapes. When you go out to purchase one, you will need to have a budget in your mind. You could also do your research at home on them, so that you know what you are looking at. Any individual can find one of these that will fit in with their budget. Apart from the style and design of it, you should also have the safety in mind. If you do not have safety in mind, then something could go wrong. It is not just your enjoyment that could be at stake, it will be your own person safety and the safety of family and friends as well as the property. Below, we are going to give you some tips on using and choosing that fireplace for outside.

Many would tell you to go for chimneas over the actual fire pits. This is for comfort and safety reasons. The chimnea type is going to give the fireplace better airflow, which will make sure you and your guests are not going to be pushed away by that annoying smoke. When choosing those elevated fire pits, they have the possibilities of tipping over, which could injure those individuals that are around it at the time.

As you are enjoying your conversations, it is important to pay attention to what is going on with the fireplace. A big gust of wind, a playful pet, change in wind direction or toy could cause the fireplace to tip over. It could also send sparks flying in the camp area or make the fire uncontrollable.

When the wind is moderately strong, you should never start a fire. Doing so could cause big problems on your behalf. To give you a picture of what could happen: it could send sparks flying over your head onto your beautiful house or someone else's house.

At all times, you should be ready to put the fire out. The fire could go out of control without expecting it, so you need to make sure you are ready. You could have the water hose next to you, have a large bucket of water beside you or have a fire extinguisher, because you never really know when an emergency is going to happen.

When the excitement is over and you are ready to go inside, it is important to put out all of those embers. Even those small embers should not be left alone. Have safety materials within reach, such as special gloves and the screen.

Use the screen in the manner that it is supposed to be used. It will protect everyone from those unexpected sparks that fly off from the fireplace.

In the end, when following all of the safety tips, you and your friends will have a blast with your outdoor fireplace. It will also add that unique look to your yard.


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    • Nestor Mahno profile image

      Nestor Mahno 7 years ago from Interwebz

      You mean petrol, right? Cause gas in relation to fireplace usually means - well - gas LOL.

      But you are absolutely correct of course - I will rely on your comment to relay the message then instead of editing the hub :)

    • magnoliazz profile image

      magnoliazz 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Great hub, but I think you should caution people about using gas with these units.

      I know one guy who blew his up when he started it with gas! LOL!!