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Fire Pit Safety

~ There is no denying that a firepit can allow you to spend more time outside and enjoy the nature, even when the temperatures are chilly. Providing a safe focal point that provides heat and warmth, and simultaneously calms your soul down is a nice addition to any home.

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With so many different types of fire pits on the market, how can you make sure you are getting the right one for your home, and what can you do to maximize safety when using a fire pit at home?

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Placement

Your fire pit should be at least ten feet away from anything combustible to avoid burning embers being able to land on surfaces and cause a fire. Do not light your fire pit under any covers, e.g., gazebos, swings, or overhangs. Sounds as common sense, but in this era, anything is possible. They should be also placed on the solid, non-flammable surface.

Choosing to buy propane fire pits can be safer than lighting a fire pit with charcoal or kindling and will produce fewer embers that can light secondary fires in your garden. Plus, they are easier to light too.

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Conditions

Please try to avoid fire pits in excessive wind conditions or overly dry periods. Lighting a fire pit when there has not been any rain and the surrounding areas are extremely arid can increase the likelihood of catching fire as there will be no moisture to absorb the flame. The smallest flashpoint could cause an issue akin to local wildfires.

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Wood Experience

This type of fire pit provides the closest experience to a campfire you can have in your own backyard – warmth, crackling firewood, and mysterious smoke. For the most part, they are permanent structures that keep the fire safely contained although temporary and portable options are also available.

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Fire Safety

Knowing what to do should the fire pit become out of control is an outmost importance. Instilling the stop, drop and roll technique to the whole family means that should the unthinkable happen, you will know what to do even if the injured party is slow to react.

Ensure you have a bucket of sand and/or water close by just in case embers manage to land on something and set afire outside of the fire pit. A fire blanket can also be useful in these situations too.

Experienced firefighters advise that your fire pit should be at least 6 inches deep at the center and 2 feet across to help keep the embers and flames contained.

When used safely, there is no reason why a fire pit can’t be a great addition to your garden.

Make it a great day, my dear Friends

Luda@PlantsandBeyond.com

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