Backyard Fire Pit Safety Tips
Sitting around a fire is an American summer past time we hold dear to our hearts. However, not all of us can escape to the woods for the true campfire experience. Backyard fire pits are becoming a popular alternative to camp fires. With bringing the camping experience to your backyard, it is important to practice safe fire etiquette. Read below to learn tips on how to have a successful and safe backyard fire.
Preparing Your Fire
If not set right or basic safety procedures aren't taken, a fun outdoor fire can go from terrific to terrible. Below are some tips for having the safest backyard fire possible.
- Only build a fire in enclosed, contained areas such as an outdoor chiminea, fire bowl or fire pit, taking care not to overload it.
- Make sure the pit is on a flat surface in an open area. It is important a fire pit is not set up underneath trees, buildings, or roofs to avoid anything accidentally catching on fire.
- Check out the wind direction before lighting the fire. Direction of the wind can control the strength of the fire. The wind can strengthen a fire, which is another reason why it is important to have a fire pit in an open area.
During the Fire
- Keep your distance! Fire pits have a knack of spitting out sparks without warning.
- Clear the area around the pit, in case of these random sparks. Dry paper, grass, leaves, or pine needles can easily catch on fire if they are surrounding the pit.
- Move furniture away from fire pit as well to avoid burns from the sparks
- Many fire pits are offering fire pit screens to hold pack wild sparks, this is a great option to keep safe, especially if children will be around the fire.
- Keep flammable liquids far far away from the fire pit. The heat alone can cause the liquids to catch fire.
- If using a gas fire pit, store the flammable gas far away from the fire
- Never use garden waste or garbage in a fire. These items produce harmful black smoke into the air. Make sure to use seasoned wood or charcoal.
- Make sure a first-aid kit is always nearby to treat minor burns.
- ALWAYS keep a fire extinguisher or hose near buy to quickly put out a fire in case of an emergency.
- Never leave children unsupervised. Kids tend to not realize the danger in fire and are fearless when it comes to getting close to one. Children can be careless when walking or playing around a fire and get seriously hurt.
- For obvious reasons, be careful with the amount of alcohol consumed around a fire. Alcohol is also very flammable when around heat.
Putting Out the Fire
- NEVER leave a fire unattended. Even the smallest fire can grow into a large one without supervision.
- Make sure the fire is completely put out before leaving it unattended. Never leave a fire to die out on its own.
- Do NOT clean out the fire area by putting coals or wood in a plastic or paper bag, then throwing the bag away. This is a major fire hazard.