6 Safety Tips for Your Firepit

It is turning into Fall quickly and many of us like to enjoy a night around the fire pit. Whether you are using the fire pit to cook dinner, roast marshmallows, or simply to enjoy the company of family and friends, it is important that you do so safely. Improper fire behavior can be dangerous and lead to injuries and even property damage.
September 22, 2021 | Home
By: Addie A.
Addie has a wide range of personal insurance experience and with her position at Acuity, has been able to specialize in homeowners insurance. On top of her homeowners insurance knowledge, Addie has a good understanding of the insurance industry in general. She focuses on the consumer allowing her to play a key role in product development. Also, she is currently working towards an Associate in General Insurance designation. In her free time Addie spends time outdoors and enjoys playing and watching sports.

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It is turning into Fall quickly and many of us like to enjoy a night around the fire pit. Whether you are using the fire pit to cook dinner, roast marshmallows, or simply to enjoy the company of family and friends, it is important that you do so safely. Improper fire behavior can be dangerous and lead to injuries and even property damage.

 

  1. Know the current fire conditions – It is important to understand the fire conditions in your area, and it is usually easy to find that information. It is extremely dangerous to have a fire when conditions are dry, as any sparks or embers could ignite dry grass or trees nearby. Do your part and do not start a fire in dry conditions.

  2. Pick a safe spot – Second to knowing if it is safe to have a fire is choosing a safe place for your fire. It is important to keep your fire contained in a fire pit that is a safe distance away from structures and other combustible materials.

  3. Be careful what you burn – Burning wood that has been dried at least 6 months reduces the risk of the wood crackling and shooting hot embers out of the fire. Additionally, be careful what other things you throw into the fire, as they could pose a risk of popping or exploding and causing harm to those sitting nearby.

  4. Sit a safe distance away – It is important to place chairs a safe distance from the fire to lessen the risk of someone falling into the fire. Additionally, if you have a screen to place over the fire to catch embers, it is a good idea to use it!

  5. Be prepared – Even if you do everything right, it is possible for something to go wrong and for the fire to escape the fire pit. That is why it is important to have a fire extinguisher, water, or a fire blanket on hand to eliminate any wayward sparks or flames.

  6. Make sure the fire is out – When you are done enjoying the fire, it is critically important to make sure the fire is out before leaving it unattended! Hot embers can flare up, so make sure the fire is doused properly.

 

Fires can grow out of control quickly, so be sure to do your part to prevent them from spreading.

By: Addie A.
Addie has a wide range of personal insurance experience and with her position at Acuity, has been able to specialize in homeowners insurance. On top of her homeowners insurance knowledge, Addie has a good understanding of the insurance industry in general. She focuses on the consumer allowing her to play a key role in product development. Also, she is currently working towards an Associate in General Insurance designation. In her free time Addie spends time outdoors and enjoys playing and watching sports.

Author of Home Focus