Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fire Pit Safety Tips

With summer in full swing many of our customers, both at the lake and in their own backyards, are enjoying the warm glow of a fire pit. These inexpensive additions can help extend the use of your backyard throughout the cooler months, but it’s important to be vigilant about staying safe because not only could improper use cause a house fire, but it could also cause a grass fire and put anyone close by in danger.

Below are a few tips for staying safe while getting the most out of your fire pit:

Choosing the right position

Whether you’ve purchased a portable fire pit, of if you’re planning to install a permanent one, where you position your fire pit can make a world of difference in how safe it is.

Some things to keep in mind when positioning your fire pit are:

  • Never place your fire pit on a wooden deck or directly on the grass.
  • Keep your fire pit a minimum of 10ft away from any structure, fence, or neighboring yard.
  • Don’t set up your fire pit under a covered porch of low-hanging tree .
  • Always install your fire pit on a non-flammable surface, such as a concrete slab or patio stones.

Preparing to use your fire pit

Using your fire pit in a safe manner goes beyond just where you put it; it’s also important to take the appropriate safety steps when preparing to your it, as well.

Some key tips to preparing your fire pit are:

  • Clear away any flammable materials from the vicinity of the pit, including sticks, leaves, or pieces of wood.
  • Ensure that all vegetation (shrubs, your garden, etc) is at minimum five feet away from your pit.
  • A permanent fire pit should be at least six inches deep at the center, and a minimum of two feet across to keep flames contained.

Safely Lighting Your Fire Pit

Now that you’ve chosen the best position for your fire pit and have cleaned up the surrounding area, it’s time to light the fire! Here’s how to do it in a safe manner:

  • Check the wind direction (lick your finger and hold it up above your head if you aren’t sure) and remove anything flammable downwind of the fire.
  • If it’s too windy, do not light your fire pit. You never know how far a gust of wind may carry the embers!
  • Don’t use lighter fluid to light the fire pit; instead, use a commercial fire starter stick with kindling.
  • If your fire goes out, don’t use flammable fluids like lighter fluid or gasoline to relight it.

Extinguishing Your Fire Pit

After the fun has ended it’s important to take the right steps to safety extinguish your fire pit. Here’s how:

  • Always extinguish with water. Drown the flames and stir with a shovel to make sure it’s fully extinguished.
  • Keep a Fire Extinguisher handy
  • Safely dispose of the ashes in a metal can - keep them there for a minimum of 2 to 3 days, as ashes can take a while to cool down.

General Fire Pit Tips

  • Never leave your fire pit unattended.
  • Don’t leave children or pets unattended.
  • Limit the amount of fuel or kindling that you put into the fire.
  • Don’t burn garbage.

For more information about fire pit safety, and how the technicians at Bison Fire Protection can help keep your home or business safe from fires, give us a call at (204) 237-3473.

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Posted by Rob Read at 9:43 AM

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