Fire pits add drama and beauty to your outdoor space. But fire is fire, and to fully enjoy your fire pit, safety should always be a top consideration.
Before Using your Fire Pit
Before buying your fire pit, make sure you understand your city or county's regulations regarding their use. Some cities prohibit their use completely and hefty fines may be imposed if you don't follow the rules and regulations.
Read the manual that comes with your fire pit and follow instructions. Call the manufacturer regarding any questions you may have.
Always keep a fire extinguisher handy, and make sure it is in good working condition, and not close to its expiration date. Use safety gloves when handling a hot fire pit.
Don't place a fire pit in an enclosed area, as fumes from it can be harmful without proper ventilation.
Avoid placing your fire pit near hanging branches, or on an unsteady surface.
Operating Your Fire Pit
Start your fire small, and only use the recommended fire starters. Never use gasoline to start a fire.
In a wood burning fir pit never pile on wood too high as you don't want burning pellets to spill out.
Children should not be allowed near fire pits which should be adult-supervised at all times. Never leave the fire unattended.
Use screens for protection from wind and to prevent sparks from flying out. Avoid using a fire pit when it is very windy.
Extinguishing the Fire
Make sure to extinguish the fire completely once you have finished using it. Follow your manufacturer's instructions. Use a fire extinguisher, or enough water to let the hot coals or wood soak. Continue to pour water till there's no steam.
Cover with a lid after you have put the fire out.
Do not store the coals or wood in bags right away, but use a metal ash bucket instead.