Having a fire pit in your backyard can immediately launch you into neighborhood stardom. However, you will want to be sure that all of the family and friends that are going to be showing up at your house on the weekends are able to stay safe when using the fire pit. With this in mind, here are our top 4 safety tips for fire pits.

Know How to Put It Out

A fire pit can be fun but it bears repeating that fire can be unpredictable. If a breeze blows through and sets something on fire, you want to make sure that you have the tools ready to put it out quickly. This includes having a fire extinguisher handy, as well as a bucket of sand and a hose close by.

Think Hard about Placement

The first safety consideration to make when you are putting in a fire pit is its location and placement in your yard. Make sure it is at least 10 feet away from your house and any other structures. It also needs to be placed as far away as possible from anything that is flammable in your property. If you live in a windy area, you should put the fire pit in a windproof location.

Use the Right Fuel

Make sure that you are always using the fuel specified by the manufacturer of the fire pit. If you have a wood burning fire pit, never use treated, stained, or painted wood as this emits dangerous fumes into the air and causes pollution.

Have It Professionally Installed

Many homeowners and lofty do-it-yourselfers look at fire pits and think it looks easy enough to attempt themselves. However, the best option in terms of installation and safety is working with a professional like our team at Hearthside Fireplace & Patio to install the fire pit and provide advice regarding the safe use and placement of it. With this peace of mind, you will be able to enjoy your fire pit a lot more than you would otherwise.