Firepit safety rules

Before using your fire pit, make sure you understand your city or county’s regulations regarding their use. Some cities prohibit their use completely, and hefty fines could be imposed if you don’t abide by local the rules and regulations.

Place your fire pit in a flat, open area.

Avoid areas with trees, especially trees with low-hanging branches.

Do not place a fire pit on a slope.

When purchasing a fire pit, always plan the installation, use a fire screen for extra protection if necessary.

Do not place your fire pit near a hedge or a building as a spark could start an unwanted fire.

Don’t place a fire pit in an enclosed area because fumes from it can be harmful without proper ventilation.

When possible, place your pit on concrete, dirt, or gravel or hardstanding. Avoid placing the pit on or around grass or leaves, and never light a pit if nearby grass it is too dry.

Ensure any seating and other surrounding furniture near your firepit are not flammable. Also, ensure your immovable seats are positioned properly for enjoyment without danger: 1.2 meters is the optimal distance for fire safety.

Keep a first aid kit nearby for any accidental burns.

Start your fire small and only use the recommended fire starters. DO NOT start the fire with petrol or other flammable liquid – it is HIGHLY DANGEROUS. Before lighting, check the local weather forecast for wind conditions that can blow embers across significant distances. Avoid windy conditions. Also stay up to date on any burn bans that might be in effect at different times during the year. Don’t wear flammable clothing (like nylon) or any loose-fitting clothing. Avoid using soft woods like pine or cedar, because they can “pop” and throw sparks. Do not put house coal on the fire, wood only. Only natural firewood or commercial logs may be burnt in fire pits, materials such as scrap timber, recyclable items, garden waste, or flammable liquids are prohibited  from being burnt in fire pits. Doing some surrounding area cleaning, like picking up leaves and other combustible materials is important to ensure the fire doesn’t accidentally spread. Always have a container of water or fire extinguisher nearby and a garden hose on standby before starting the fire. Check fire extinguisher is in good working order and has not exceeded any expiration date. Use safety gloves when handling a hot fire pit or ash pan. Use correct tools like poker or long arm tongs if necessary to move burning logs. Never pile wood too high, the higher the wood is piled the larger and hotter the flame. Do not leave a lit or glowing firepit unattended. Use screens for protection from wind to prevent any sparks or embers from flying out. Do not use fire pit for cooking any form of food.

To get a fire started, put a crumpled piece of paper or a shop-bought fire starter in the pit, and cover with small dry sticks.

As the fire begins to burn, add larger and larger sticks until you’re finally able to add a log or two, use fire resistant gloves or welders gauntlets to protect hands. But whatever you do, NEVER start a fire with flammable liquid. It’s way too dangerous.

The ash pan can be opened slightly do create additional airflow which will aid the process of starting the fire. Once the initial fire is burning sufficiently ensure the ash pan is closed and remains closed at during burning. ALWAYS USE HEAT PROTECTIVE GLOVES WHEN HANDLING ASH PAN – HANDLE WILL GET VERY HOT AND CAN CAUSE BURNS.

Children and pets must be supervised at all times when the fire pit is lit as the steel does become very hot.

Children and pets  should not be allowed near fire pits, and they should be supervised by adults at all times.

Make sure to extinguish the fire completely once you have finished using it.

The best way to extinguish a fire is to take the ashes, spread them over a large non-combustible area, protected from any wind and let them cool down for a while. Then take a container of water and gently pour it over the ashes but monitor it. Don’t just throw some water on it and go to bed because it can flare up in the night. Alternatively let the burnt ash fully cool, remove ash pan and empty contents into a suitable bin or container.

If a stray ember from your fire pit does escape and sets alight nearby kindling, trees, grass, fence or other combustible surface. Immediately call the Fire Service.

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