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How to Use Outdoor Fire Pits Safely

from Outdoor Heating Guide

Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are becoming a popular feature for many homes and gardens. But before you add an open fire source to your outdoor living area, it’s a good idea to keep some safety principles in mind. Here are a few tips to get you started.

1. Check your Intended Location for Hazards

Before you pick the perfect location for your fire pit, check and make sure that there are no safety issues that could cause a problem. 

  • Is it too close to flammable structures or overhanging branches? 


  • Is it in the middle of a high-traffic area, where people might trip over the pit and knock it over?

  • It’s also important that you check your local ordinances to find out what the laws regarding fire placement are in your area.
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2. Only Use Recommended Fuels

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Most fire pits are designed to work with a specific type of fuel, such as untreated lumber or propane. 

Never substitute a different kind of fuel, or you could be dealing with some explosive effects.

3. Never Use an Outdoor Fire Pit Inside

Every year, accidents happen because someone thought that it would be pleasant to light their chiminea or fire pit inside. 

Fire pits are only designed to work safely outside; don’t be tempted to test your luck. 

4. Consider Using a Screen

A fire screen will help contain cinders and prevent people from coming too close to the open flames. This simple safety precaution could save you a lot of trouble in the long run.

5. Read your Fire Pit Manual Carefully.

The manufacturer of your outdoor fire pit will provide recommendations for the specific model that you have purchased. Be sure to read through these recommendations and to follow them closely before starting your first fire.

By following these simple guidelines, you can continue to enjoy the warmth and ambiance of an open fire, without putting your friends or family at risk.




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