If you are considering an outdoor fire pit you might be asking yourself, are fire pits safe?
According to The American Society of Landscape Architects, one of the top three most popular outdoor design elements includes fire pits/fireplaces. Fire pits are a great way to give your outdoor space a cozy addition without giving your yard a complete makeover. However, it’s a good idea to keep safety at the forefront of your mind when dealing with a yard addition that has the possibility to become hazardous.
Fire pits tend to be a bit less contained than a fireplace. Fire Pits also have a tendency to be portable. This requires a bit more attention when purchasing or constructing a DIY fire pit that is safer and more secure.
If you are looking to purchase or build a portable fire pit it should be designed with a heavy base. Added sand to the bottom can prevent overheating and can maintain stability. Fire pits should always be placed 10 feet from any structure, away from dry grass/foliage, and close to a water source. A mesh covering can help with unwanted and dangerous flying embers. Make sure the surrounding area is clear of any flammable items or combustible materials before lighting your fire.
It’s always a good idea to avoid windy or blustery days when using your fire pit. Remember to check with Spare the Air to see when the blocked burn days are in your area.
When distinguishing your fire make sure the embers have cooled. Do not extinguish immediately with water; a cooling period will be less of a danger. Monitor that the fire is completely extinguished before leaving the area unattended.
So, are fire pits safe? Paying attention to safety and making sure you follow all the right steps in preparation for the use of a fire pit is essential. These guidelines are there to not only protect you but also surrounding areas such as your home and neighborhood and make it safe to have a welcoming fire pit in your outdoor area.
Patioworld has a wide variety of safe fire pit/fire element options. In addition, Patioworld’s designers are experts at matching the right fire pit to your existing patio setting.