Backyard fire pits are becoming more common, but along with cozy evenings spent by the fire comes the risk of injury. According to NBC News, about one-fourth of fire pit injuries happen to children under the age of 5. Keep your family and friends safe around your fire pit. Before installing a fire pit and building a backyard fire, learn about fire pit safety.
Install Your Fire Pit in a Safe Area
Make sure the fire pit is at least 10 feet away from any structure. This includes the house, a gazebo, parked cars, and outbuildings. The fire pit should not be installed beneath an awning, canopy, or overhanging tree branches.
Teach Children About Fire Pit Safety
Talk to your children about being safe around the fire. Make a rule that everyone is to stay 10 feet away from the fire at all times. Tell children every time you are going to light the fire pit. Helping them be more aware of the situation goes a long way in preventing accidents.
Keep a Fire Extinguisher Nearby
Always have an extinguishing device near the fire pit. You’ll be more prepared in case embers pop out of the fire and ignite the grass or nearby brush. Make sure you’re familiar with how to use a fire extinguisher and help family members learn to use the device.
Using Your Fire Pit Safely
Before lighting the fire, check the ground nearby for leaves or dry twigs and clear any debris. Remove any ashes from the last burn. Make sure your clothing is safe. Clothing should be well-fitted and hair tied back when tending to the fire. Use seasoned wood in a wood-burning fire pit. Don’t burn paper or other garbage, as it’s easy for these materials to be carried away by the wind.