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Tips for Backyard Fire Pit Safety | SERVPRO® of East Mecklenburg/Matthews

8/2/2023 (Permalink)

blazing backyard fire pit Remember to take safety precautions while enjoying your backyard fire pit

Having a fire pit in your yard is a fantastic asset and a great way to make the most of your outdoor space in the evenings. While they are quite enjoyable, fire pits introduce a hazard to the backyard space, as with anything with an open flame.

The good news is that there are simple precautions that you can take to make good use of your fire pit while still prioritizing safety. Many things that cause fires to get out of hand are entirely preventable, so knowing the proper safety tips is critical.

Safety Tips for Your Backyard Fire Pit

Make sure it is not too windy

The main danger with a backyard fire pit is that the fire will grow and spread to other, non-contained parts of the yard. One way to prevent this is by ensuring you do not have a fire on extra windy days. The wind can whip flames and move them to anything flammable in your yard, which can quickly get out of hand.

Keep a fire extinguisher nearby

An appropriately classified fire extinguisher is advised every time you have an open flame present, and a backyard fire pit is no exception. Ensure you can extinguish the fire quickly if it grows out of control to avoid having a disaster on your hands.

Keep a safe distance

While absorbing the warmth of a fire is great on chilly nights, be sure you have a setup that allows you to do so from a safe distance. Chairs, clothing and hair are all flammable, so avoid allowing anyone to inch too close to the flames.

Heed no-burn warnings

Depending on weather conditions, rainfall levels and other factors, it is common for areas to issue no-burn warnings when it is hazardous to have a fire, and it is a must to heed these. Not only can it be quite dangerous to burn on these restricted days, but it may also subject you to fines and fees from the city or county.

If your home is damaged due to a fire, SERVPRO® of East Mecklenburg/Matthews is here to help. You can get in touch with us at any hour to report your damage and receive a rapid response. Contact us to learn more.

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