Do you already have a fire pit or are you planning on adding one? It’s important to invest some time and effort into reviewing fire pit safety. This way you will get the most enjoyment from your fire pit while keeping your family and friends safe.
Fire pits in Denver can be a great way to enjoy the evening with family, friends, and children. Relax with some great conversation under the stars. But safety should be considered before the fire is lit for the first time. At Omni Sprinkler Service and Landscaping, we want you to understand how to have an amazing, and safe, time around your fire pit.
How to Select the Right Site
It all starts with selecting the right site. The fire pit should be built on level ground, especially if you plan on using a portable fire pit. It should be at least 10 to 20 feet away from plants, nearby buildings, and your home. Some city and county authorities have laws related to this, so be sure to do your homework and check with them when deciding on the perfect spot.
You should take care to never, ever operate your fire pit beneath a building overhang or in a partially enclosed space and pay special attention to overhanging trees. You can always surround your fire pit with non-combustible materials such as crushed stone, brick, or sand if you live in a fire-prone area.
Use a Fire Screen
If your fire pit has a screen, use it. You should also have a bucket of sand or a water hose with fire gloves close by to deal with any stray sparks from the fire. Keep in mind that a shower-type spray of the hose will douse a flare up, but a direct stream of water is likely to spread sparks.
Lighting Your Fire Pit
Always check the direction of the wind before you light a fire. Be sure to remove anything flammable downwind of the pit as well. Don’t use lighter fluid to start your fire. Try a commercial fire starter stick with kindling instead, and don’t use any flammable fluids, including gasoline or lighter fluid to light or relight your fire pit.
Invest in a Fire Blanket and Extinguisher
It’s a great rule of thumb to have a fire blanket readily available. A fire blanket will help extinguish sparks, the fire, and, if necessary, anyone who might catch fire. It’s also a great idea to have a fully charged, dry-chemical fire extinguisher handy. It should have a Class B or C or multipurpose rating. Make sure you read the directions and can operate it safely and appropriately. Also, if you’re using a gas fire pit, be sure you turn off the gas before attempting to extinguish the fire.
Keep Your Family and Friends Safe
It’s important to keep young children from playing near or around the fire. Never leave children or pets unattended around the fire pit. Also, place any seats or lawn chairs at least 10 feet away from the fire pit. Avoid throwing garbage or paper products into the fire. They can easily spark and throw off embers. When planning to use your fire pit, its’ a good idea to refrain from wearing flammable or loose-fitting clothing.