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Outdoor Fire Pit Safety Tips

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

Outdoor Fire Pit Safety Tips

Now that nights are cooling off, many people are beginning to prepare and plan bonfires for their friends and family. Before having everyone come over, review these quick tips to ensure a fun night for everyone in attendance!

  • A fire pit should not be closer than 10 feet from any structure, tree, fences, or other flammable materials. It should also be at least 25 feet away from any large commercial buildings and apartments.
  • Make sure that any seating far enough away from the flames to ensure your guests’ comfort as the flame grows. This also ensures that anyone sitting around has proper ventilation.
  • FACT: Fire and wind do not mix! If it is windy, wait until it dies down before lighting your fire, or postpone until another time. It only takes one strong gust of wind to carry embers from the fire.
  • Use approved fire-starting products when tending the fire. Do not use flammable liquids (gasoline, lighter fluid, etc.) to light or relight a flame.
  • The quickest and safest way to start a fire is by using a lighter to ignite a few pieces of crumpled up paper on top of a small pile of sticks. Once these have caught on fire, you can then begin adding larger pieces of dry wood and logs to build up the size.
  • Loose or flammable clothing while tending to a fire can cause issues. Taking time to check your outfit can prevent any issues from arising!
  • Never leave an ignited fire unattended. Fire can quickly spread and begin causing issues. If there are any children or pets present, make sure to keep an extra close watch on them.
  • Always have a way available to quickly extinguish the fire. This can include a bucket of water, water hose or an extinguisher.
  • When cleaning up at the end of the night, double check and make sure the fire is completely put out before leaving it. It is also a good practice to go ahead and wet down the pit, even if you no longer see any flames or embers lit.

For more information, visit: www.allstate.com/blog/considering-backyard-fire-pit/

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