Fire Pits Do’s and Dont’s
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Fire pits are all the rage these days and more and more people are thinking about getting one for their backyard. Whether it’s a large one or small one, ornate or plain, there is a lot of planning and thinking when it comes to positioning and potential safety concerns.
While fire pits provide excellent ambience and can be a great addition to your backyard, it’s also important to realize that a fire pit can have unintended consequences if not taken care of properly. The staff here at Toolbarn.com have some Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to building a fire pit for your home.
DO: First tip is a no-brainer. Make sure fire pits are allowed in your local area. We would hate to have you spend all the money to build a fire pit only to find out it’s against the law. More and more communities are relaxing restrictions, but better to check in with law enforcement or the fire department to make sure.
DON’T: Don’t place your fire pit near a flammable service. Another common sense thing, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t plan their fire pits properly. You may have the perfect spot, but if something flammable is nearby say like…a wood deck…it will cause you trouble if embers fly from pit. Real simple, find a safe place to place your pit and make sure it’s at least 10 feet away from any structure or flammable material. Having an ember screen wouldn’t hurt either.
DO: Be prepared for emergency. While fire pits can generally be safe, fire can be unpredictable at times. Have a garden hose with running water nearby, or have a bucket of water or dirt in case you need to extinguish flames quickly. Also, keep your kids and your pets at least three feet away from the flames. Finally, have a cell phone nearby in case you need to call emergency responders.
DON’T: Don’t leave your fire unattended. This is a recipe for disaster. Always make sure a person has an eye on your fire. If someone leaves a fire unattended…it doesn’t take too much imagination if things were to go wrong.
DO: Look at positioning. When you begin to build your fire pit, it’s important not only to make sure it’s away from your house, but also make sure it’s not under any power lines or trees. Also, make sure the ground is flat.
DON’T: Don’t start a fire using gasoline or lighter fluid. It’s way too dangerous! The liquids are just as unpredictable as the fire itself. What you think started as a small fire can grow into a large inferno if you’re not careful.
DO: Wait at least 24 hours before clearing the ash from your pit and putting it into trash bag/bin for disposal. Make sure the fire is completely burned out, otherwise you could have a nasty surprise when you trash bag/bin catches flame.
DON’T: Make sure you don’t burn any pressured wood or any kind of waste in your fire pit. It could release noxious fumes and make you or your guests sick.
DO: Enjoy your fire pit! As long as you take the appropriate precautions, you and your family will be fine! Fire pits can be a lot of fun and add a lot to your home.
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