There’s nothing better than curling up by a fire on a crisp, fall evening with family and friends and eating a round of s’mores. Fire pits or outdoor fireplaces are among the most popular design features for outdoor living spaces. With those cool designs comes responsibility, though. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, at least 5,300 injuries related to fire pits were treated in 2017. Many of those were children under the age of 5. To enjoy a nice family evening, keep in mind these safety tips to ensure your and your family’s safety.
Picking the right site for your fire pit is essential. Keep fires at least 10 to 20 feet away from plants and other buildings and always place the pit in an open area. Be sure to surround your fire pit with materials such as crushed stone, brick, or sand. Never place them directly on grass or a wooden deck.
Choose firewood that has been seasoned for at least six months, like oak or hickory. Put the lighter fluid aside when starting the fire and use matches and kindling techniques to get the fire going.
Remember to check the weather before starting a fire. Windy conditions are not ideal for embers. If you have a screen for your fire pit, use it whenever you’re burning. Keep a water hose or a fire blanket close by to quench the flames if they get out of hand. Position chairs far enough away so that you and your guests don’t fall into the fire.
The most important safety tip to remember with a fire is to extinguish it when done. Many manufactured fire pits come with instructions, so be sure to follow the proper procedures to prevent accidents.
Having a relaxing night out by the fire doesn’t have to be scary. By following the right procedures, you and your family can make as many s’mores as your stomachs can handle.
For all your fire pit or outdoor fireplace needs, visit The Pool Store in Valdosta at 3363 North Valdosta Rd. or in Thomasville at 1616 Smith Ave. Can’t stop in? Give them a call at (229) 247-6440 (Valdosta) or (229) 227-1194 (Thomasville).
Written by: Julie Jernigan