Safely Enjoying Your Outdoor Fire Pit
During the cooler winter months, a favorite activity of many families is to gather around the outdoor fire pit, roast hot dogs or marshmallows, and share quality time together. Fire pits, however, if not operated correctly, can be dangerous and pose a serious risk to both you and your property. Below are a few tips on how to safely place, operate, and enjoy your outdoor fire pit:
- NEVER leave your fire unattended. A simple shift in wind direction could easily cause an unattended fire to spread and get out of control.
- Do not burn near buildings, low hanging tree branches, or containers of flammable liquid. Give at least 10 feet between the placement of the fire pit and any surrounding structures before lighting the fire.
- Do not wear loose fitting clothing near the fire pit.
- Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby and handy when using your fire pit.
- When extinguishing your fire, slowly apply water to the coals, and spread the ashes around to allow them to cool. Additional water may need to be added, and it is important to make sure all coals are out before leaving the area.
In the unfortunate event that your property experiences damages from your fire pit, or other fire source, know that SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is here for you. We have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to remediate fire damages of all sizes, helping make it “Like it never even happened.” To learn more about our fire service lines, please visit our Fire Restoration webpage, or give us a call at 850-466-3089.