Outdoor Fireplace Safety Tips
Relaxing around a warm and inviting outdoor fireplace is an exciting way to entertain family and friends in the evening. But, as attractive as outdoor fireplaces and firepits are, it’s important to follow responsible safety practices to prevent a fire or injuries.
Here are five safety tips you should keep in mind when operating an outdoor fireplace:
- Clear the outdoor area of any debris. You may be surprised how quickly a sudden gust of wind can launch dead grass, branches, twigs, leaves, and other combustible debris into a blazing fireplace. These embers can fly around resulting in burn injuries to yourself and guests. Also, prune any nearby low-hanging branches, bushes, and shrubs.
- Keep children and pets away from the flames. This may seem like common sense, but small children and pets are naturally curious. And it only takes a few seconds of not paying attention for an accident to occur. Warn children about the dangers of getting too close to a fire and watch them carefully. Also, don’t forget to keep a close eye on your pets.
- Never leave an outdoor fireplace or fire pit unattended. As mentioned above, it only takes a few seconds for an accident to happen. And a fire can get out of control very quickly. Make sure that a responsible adult is always able to keep an eye on the fire. And when you’re done entertaining for the evening, be sure to completely extinguish the fire before going inside.
- Only use your fireplace or firepit for the intended purpose. Your outdoor fireplace is designed to only burn wood. Therefore, don’t burn treated wood, aerosol cans, glossy magazines, plastics, or other products. They may contain harmful gases that can spark an explosion and release toxic fumes into the atmosphere. Also, when starting a fire, avoid using accelerants such as kerosene, gasoline, lighter fluid, and others because they can cause flareups and make the fire go out of control. Use a fire starter, kindling, or some old newspapers to assist in starting a fire.
- Be prepared for an emergency. Keep emergency supplies, including a first-aid kit so that if an emergency should occur, you’ll be able to quickly douse the fire or treat minor burn injuries. You can also fill several buckets with water or have a garden hose available in case you need it.
We want you to enjoy your outdoor fireplace and fire pit but remember safety first. By keeping the above tips in mind, you’ll protect your property, family, friends and yourself without spoiling the fun.