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Fire Pit Safety Tips


There is nothing like a summer night bonfire with friends and family as the sun starts to set and I’m certain that many people can agree. However, it is important to invest some time and effort into reviewing fire pit safety whether you are new or not to using a fire pit. It can only take a second for a cozy fire to burst into a flaming inferno.

To ensure you get the most fun and enjoyment from your fire pit, read more tips below on how to keep your friends and family safe.

  • Fire pit safety starts with selecting the right spot.

It is important to make sure the ground is level and to keep your fire pit at least 0 to 20 feet away from surrounding plants and nearby buildings, i.e. your house.

  • Never operate your fire pit beneath any type of overhang.

Use special caution related to overhanging trees, which can easily ignite from flying wood-fire sparks. In fire-prone areas, surround your fire pit with non-combustible materials, like crushed stone, brick, or sand.

  • In wood fire pits, only burn wood that has been seasoned for at least six months.

Avoid using construction materials like plywood or composite woods, because they can release toxic fumes when burned. Softwoods, like pine and birch, tend to produce more crackles and sparks than seasoned hardwoods, like oak or hickory. For wood-burning fire pits, cut logs so their length is less than three-quarters the diameter of the pit. Never use lighter fluid or gasoline to start a fire in a fire pit.

  • If your fire pit has a screen, use it whenever you are starting a fire.

It’s also a good idea to have a bucket of sand or garden hose handy to deal with stray sparks from wood fires.

  • Invest in a fire blanket to help extinguish sparks, the fire, or if necessary anyone who might catch fire.

Also have a fully charged, dry-chemical fire extinguisher on hand with a Class B and C or multipurpose rating. Make sure you understand the effective range, which is typically 6 to 10 feet, and know how to use it properly. On gas fire pits, turn off the gas before attempting to extinguish a fire. Avoid lighting a fire in windy conditions.

  • Finally, when you feel like you are done enjoying the fire for the night, make sure to douse it properly.

Most manufactured fire pits offer specific instructions for extinguishing a fire. Review the instructions before it’s time to put out your fire. Water can crack ceramic fire pits and some metal ones.

Please use these safety tips and share with those you know who use fire pits. It is extremely important to practice safety at all times and we hope these tips can help you do that!

Unfortunately, accidents can still happen and if that is the case please never hesitate to give us a call at 203-237-7923. We will gladly help you! You are worth more than 15 minutes at BSP Insurance and we will work with you until all of your insurance needs are met!

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