Is there anything better than enjoying a summer evening around the fire, sharing stories, and enjoying the scenic views of our Southern Oregon outdoors? Building an outdoor fire pit can bring warmth and ambiance to your backyard; however, it is crucial to prioritize safety and take necessary precautions to prevent the risk of wildfires. We help families design and select all the materials they need to build outdoor fire pits, and here are some fire pit safety tips we’ve compiled to help keep yours safe from causing unintentional wildfires.
8 Essential Fire pit Safety Tips to Prevent Wildfire Risk
Check Local Regulations and Permits
Before constructing a fire pit, familiarize yourself with local regulations and obtain any necessary permits. Different regions may have specific guidelines regarding fire pit placement, size, and fuel types. Complying with these regulations helps protect your property and the surrounding environment.
Choose an Appropriate Location
Selecting the right location for your fire pit is crucial in preventing the risk of wildfires. Opt for an area that is a safe distance away from structures, trees, and any flammable materials. Avoid placing the fire pit on dry grass or near vegetation that can catch fire easily.
Clear the Surrounding Area
Clear a radius of at least 10 feet around the fire pit. Remove dry leaves, branches, and any other combustible materials from this zone. Keep the grass or lawn cut short around the fire pit area. This precautionary measure creates a defensible space that minimizes the chances of accidental sparks igniting nearby vegetation. Creating a graveled seating area around the fire pit is a great way to increase safety and add to its aesthetic qualities.
Use Non-Flammable Base Materials
When building the foundation for your fire pit, opt for non-flammable base materials. Utilize landscaping pavers, natural stones, or concrete as a protective barrier between the fire and the ground. This layer prevents embers from coming into direct contact with flammable surfaces.
Consider Fire Pit Screens or Spark Arrestors
Installing a fire pit screen or spark arrestor is an effective way to prevent sparks and embers from escaping the fire pit. These protective screens act as barriers, reducing the risk of airborne embers causing wildfires. Choose a screen made of durable materials like stainless steel or heavy-duty mesh that can withstand high temperatures. You can find fire pit screens at most home improvement stores.
Maintain a Safe Distance
Ensure that the fire pit is a safe distance away from people, pets, and any potential hazards. Keep children and pets under close supervision when the fire pit is in use. Establish clear boundaries and educate everyone about the importance of fire safety.
Keep Extinguishing Tools Handy
Always have appropriate fire extinguishing tools nearby, such as a hose, buckets of water, or a fire extinguisher. In case of an emergency or a spark that escapes the fire pit, these tools can be used to extinguish any potential fire hazards quickly.
Never Leave the Fire Unattended
One of the cardinal rules of fire safety is to never leave the fire unattended. Ensure that an adult is always present and responsible for monitoring the fire. Extinguish the fire completely before leaving the area, making sure all embers are cool to the touch. The U.S. Forest service has valuable tips for safely extinguishing campfires.
By incorporating these crucial safety tips into your fire pit planning process, you can enjoy the warmth and beauty of an outdoor fire while minimizing the risk of wildfires. Responsible fire pit usage protects your property and ensures the safety of your surroundings and the environment. With Hilton Landscaping’s expert guidance and your commitment to fire safety, you can create an inviting and secure outdoor space to cherish memorable moments with friends and family.
Hilton Landscape Supply has everything you need to create a backyard paradise.
Adding a fire pit to your backyard can bring your family and friends hours of joy. Our professional team at Hilton Landscape Supply can help you outline your project and select the best materials to do the job. You’ll find a wide variety of boulders, slabs, and rocks in our inventory to create the perfect oasis for your property. We’ll even deliver your materials right to the worksite. Visit us today to learn more about the possibilities.