Fire Pit Safety
Having family and friends around an outdoor fire pit is a great pastime as the temperatures begin to drop. Please ensure they are the good times by following these safety tips.
Check the weather. If winds greater than 15 MPH are in the forecast, do not ignite the fire pit at your gathering. Some fire pits are made to handle 20 to 25 MPH wind. Check with the manufacturer.
With weather permitting, start your fire pit and clear all brush from the area. No structures within 25 feet of the fire pit should be present.
The safest way to start a fire is with small kindling. If you must use charcoal lighter fluid, make sure to seal the container and keep it far away from the fire. Never use lighter fluid once the fire has started.
The size of a recreational fire should be no more than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high.
Keep a bucket of water or garden hose at the ready.
Never use an accelerant other than a lighter fluid.
Keep a safe distance from the fire, and don’t horse around.
Make sure to put the fire out completely. Stir the ashes and douse thoroughly with water.
Most cities do not allow open burning of garbage, but do permit fire pits. Check your local regulations.
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