How Can You Prevent Your New Patio Fire Pit From Becoming A Fire Hazard?

Posted on: 18 April 2016

With summer just on the horizon, you may already be looking forward to spending balmy nights outside around the calming roar of an open flame. If you have a portable fire pit, an evening of fun and friends is always just a match and some kindling away. However, open flames always bring with them some risk, and your fun and carefree party could quickly go south if an errant spark were to cause an uncontrolled fire. Read on to learn about how you can make your summer fires as safe as possible without compromising the aesthetic. 

What should you do to maintain your fire pit's surroundings?

Ideally, your fire pit should be on a flat, solid, fire-resistant surface, like a rock or stone patio or concrete slab. Placing a fire pit on wooden or composite decking may be fine under most circumstances, but if the base of the fire pit becomes too hot or sparks begin to fly and touch down on your deck, flames could quickly spread. You'll also want to avoid placing your fire pit directly onto grass or beneath a low-hanging tree that could be singed by open flames.

After using your fire pit, you'll want to shovel out any excess ashes (after they've fully cooled) and dispose of them in your compost heap or near the edge of your lawn. These ashes contain nourishing minerals like nitrogen that can improve the quality of your soil. Also, this will ensure your fire pit has a low ash level at the beginning of your next fire and decrease the odds of sparks beginning to fly as the wind picks up.  

You'll also want to keep the area around your fire pit neat and clean even when it's not in use. Periodically sweep away any leaves, twigs, or other debris that can create flammable dust, and give your patio or concrete slab a good hose-down a few times per season to eliminate any dust that may have collected on the surface. 

What extra steps can you take to protect your home and family from fire danger?

Because fire can spread much more quickly than you can react to extinguish it, having a portable fire extinguisher handy can often be a lifesaver. This fire extinguisher can be mounted just inside the door closest to your fire pit or even on an exterior wall to ensure easy access. Although going years without using your fire extinguisher is a good thing, you'll need to have it periodically checked and recharged to ensure it will work as intended in an emergency. Just check the expiration date listed on your fire extinguisher so that you can make a note to have it inspected before this point. To find out more, speak with a business like The Safety Team Inc.