We recently wrote a blog about the dangers of constructing your own fire pit– but what happens after it’s installed? You still need to adhere to safety around open flames in order to protect your home and your family. For instance, we recommend:
- Check wind direction before you light a fire
- Don’t use flammable fluids (gasoline, lighter fluid, etc) to light or relight fires
- Don’t wear flammable clothing (like nylon) or any loose-fit clothing
- Avoid using soft woods like pine or cedar, because they can “pop” and throw sparks.
- Don’t burn pressure-treated wood because it may contain harmful toxins.
- Never leave your fire unattended
- Be cautious of children and pets around the fire.
- Always have a fire extinguisher handy, and never extinguish your fire pit with water.
- Know how to safely dispose of ashes
With proper fire pit design and construction, we can ensure a safe and enjoyable feature that will last several decades. However, it will be your responsibility to follow general safety procedures in order to protect your home and your family from the damage fire can cause.