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Fall Fire Pit Safety 101

Last updated on May 16th, 2017 at 02:41 pm

It’s relaxing to sit next to a backyard fire on a cool fall night. Before you light a fire, be sure to check your local laws to see if fires are allowed or if there are special rules for fire pits. If you’re all clear, here are some tips to safely enjoy your fall fires.

  1. Park it in the right spot. Put your fire pit on a level stone, concrete or brick surface. Make sure it’s at least 10 feet away from your house, trees and anything flammable. You should also consult the safety warnings in your owner’s manual (if your fireplace or fire pit came with one).
  2. Burn good wood. Always burn dry, seasoned wood that was cut at least six months before use. You’ll also want logs that are no longer than three-quarters of the pit’s diameter. This will help prevent sparks from flying.
  3. Use the right tools. Use fireplace tongs and a poker to maneuver wood into the fire and adjust it. Never use your bare hands and never toss or drop in logs.
  4. Start safely. Forget about using lighter fluids, gas, kerosene or other like products to start a fire. There are much safer alternatives, such as a store-bought fire starter.
  5. Keep it small. There’s no need for a blazing bonfire. In fact, your municipality may have ordinances against them.
  6. Always be ready to put it out. Even a controlled fire can quickly get out of control. Make sure you keep a fire extinguisher, sand or garden hose close by just in case.
  7. Stop safely. Properly extinguish a fire by spreading the ashes around the pit with your poker. Then, pour water over the ashes. Make absolutely certain it is completely out.
  8. Be smart at all times. Fire pits are not toys. Keep young children at a safe distance and never burn any materials not recommended by the manufacturer or ones considered hazardous.

If you’re looking for other things to do this fall, Plymouth Rock Assurance has suggestions for scenic New Jersey drives and fall events to check out.

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