We think summer is defined by how much time you spend outside sans electronics. So, when something like a fire pit persuades you to go into your backyard and have fun, we’re in!
If you have a fire pit in your backyard, you know how relaxing and entertaining it can be to sit back, relax and roast a marshmallow or two (not to mention that awesome crackle sound).
But, fire pits can have a dark side. If the fire gets out of control (especially if you live in a dry area) your party can go south pretty quickly. To avoid a call to your local fire department, follow these five safety tips:
Only light the fire if the wind is blowing away from your home. For a simple test to see which direction the wind is going, take a pinch of grass and drop it into the air. The direction that the grass falls is the direction the wind is blowing.
Keep a bucket full of sand in arm’s length of your fire pit. This is especially important if you don’t have a garden hose that can reach your fire pit.
Every time you extinguish a fire, pour a little bit of sand over the extinguished ashes. The sand will completely smother the fire, guaranteeing that embers won’t light back up and cause problems. Tip: You can find a 50 lb. bag of “play sand” for less than $5 at your local home improvement store.
Keep gasoline, alcohol, kerosene and charcoal lighter fluid far away from your fire pit. Stick with the classics when you light your fire: Matches and wood.
Don’t wear flammable materials like nylon or any loose-fit clothing when you’re hanging out near a fire pit.
Avoid using soft woods like pine or cedar, because they’re more apt to “pop” and throw sparks.