Having a set of backyard fire pit safety guidelines to follow is of paramount importance any time of year but especially in the summer season as we spend most of our recreational time in our backyards. Patio parties are more frequent as many families staycation at home as the economy slowly works its way out of the doldrums.
Fire is a critical element of any party scene as we use it for a source of heat light, and for cooking. By checking the backyard fire pit safety guidelines before you light the fire is key to not burning the deck, house and surrounding properties down including your neighbours. Other than the occasional summer sunburn, getting burnt by fire is even more serious and painful and I am sure keeping family and friends safe is of utmost importance to you.
Some key safety elements to keep in mind when locating your portable of built in pit are:
- Location and placement: Wind direction, placing on and near combustibles.
- Operation: How to use it and who should use it once it is set up. Read the manual, check your clothing, be careful with alcohol, putting out the fire and more.
- Types of fuels: Wood, propane, gas, gels, charcoal and manufactured logs are covered. Which ones will smoke your neighbours out and which ones won’t.
- City rules and regulations: Before you get a fire pit, check with them first as to what bylaws and restrictions they have in place: you may or may not be able to have one! Municipal codes will outline critical distances such as heights and widths you will need to follow.
The following infographic provides a quick checklist of the above items in more detail. Print it out and follow these outdoor fire pit safety tips to be safe outdoors at home, any time of year.