Summer is right around the corner. Things are starting to warm up, flowers are starting to bloom, and everyone wants to spend more time outside after being cooped up during the cold months. Outdoor fire pits and BBQs are not only staples for this time of year, they’re a great way to bring people together. Whether you have a fire pit in your yard, are planning to buy one, or just love to grill, it's important to practice proper safety precautions!
Many families have backyard fire pit areas or general areas where they grill. It could be a portable fire pit with a few dusty lawn chairs, or a neatly landscaped, custom built entertainment zone. Regardless of how yours is set up, any controlled fire comes with the need for safety precautions. Not to mention that backyard fires within city limits have their own set of safety rules that are important to be reminded of before you stock up on those burger patties!
Five Things You Should Always Keep In Mind When You Have A Fire In The Backyard
Consider low-hanging tree branches, property lines, and proximity to structures like sheds, playhouses, and the home itself. The general rule of thumb is that a fire pit should be 10 feet away from all structures, including your home and neighboring homes and yards.
Big bonfires are always fun, but in a backyard it’s best to keep your fire on the smaller, more manageable side of things. You’re safest when you have someone monitoring the fire to make sure it never gets too large!
Use The Right Fuel
Not all wood is the same! Some will burn hotter and faster than others and are also more likely to pop and emit sparks, creating more of a fire hazard. It’s best to avoid soft woods such as red pine, cedar, and fir and instead opt for hardwoods like oak, maple, or elm.
Don’t Use Too Much Fuel
Using too much accelerants like gas or lighter fluid can have disastrous consequences. Not to mention that traces can be left behind after a fire!
Always keep an extinguisher handy: Water is the go to when people want to put out a fire, but it isn’t always the best option. A chemical extinguisher or just simple sand do the job just as well!
But if the worst does happen, please, contact us here at TRI before you reach out to your insurance provider! We are trained and have the proper equipment to make your home look like the fire damage never even happened at rates that you can afford! The sooner you call, the sooner we can fix it.