Any time you’re dealing with an open flame you should always
be responsible and take the necessary precautions to avoid any
accidents. An open fire is a beautiful, warming accent to any yard or
garden setting. It is inviting and invigorating as a central point of
congregation and socialization. Make sure it is also safe so that you
are free to enjoy it without the worry of an unforeseen accident.
burning fire pits give
the most authentic outdoor fire experience. The smell of the smoke, the
crackling of the logs and the glowing embers combine to create an
atmosphere that is magical, one that makes you feel like
you’re deep in the woods though you’re only in your
backyard. That being said, a wood burning fire also requires the most
attention. Be sure to clear away brush and dead or dry vegetation in a
10’-20’ circle around your fire treatment and
don’t place your fire pit under low hanging trees where
errant sparks and heat might ignite dry foliage and branches. Always
use a spark screen, especially with wet or sappy wood, to that sparks
cannot escape the fire. Keep a fire extinguisher or garden hose with a
spray nozzle nearby so that if anything does escape the fire area you
can smother it quickly and effectively. Finally, be sure to protect
yourself. Use a poker or log grabber to move and arrange logs and never
try to move a fire treatment that isn’t cold. Another way to
protect yourself and your investments is to not use lighter fluids to
start your fires. They can be unpredictable and dangerous; instead, use
kindling and build your fire up slowly so that it is always under
control and manageable.
Liquid Propane (LP) and natural gas (NG) fire treatments require less
attention and tending and are more convenient and easy to light, but
that doesn’t mean that you should be any less diligent and
cautious. Every time you intend to use your LP or NG fire treatment you
should check all the hoses, valves and attachment to make sure there
are no leaks or holes before you introduce any kind of flame or spark
for ignition. If your fire treatment runs on a pilot-light be sure to
check it from time to time to make sure it hasn’t been blown
out and that combustible gases aren’t filling your fire area.
Always know how and where to shut of your LP or NG supply in case of an
Fire treatments are lovely additions to any outdoor décor.
With a little care and forethought they can be safe, almost worry free
additions that will bring you warmth and joy for years to come. Protect
yourself, your family and your home by using safe fire tending
practices and a little common sense.