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Firepit Safety Tips

Firepit Safety Tips

Patio seating set around fire table

An evening fire is an ideal way to end the night with friends and family. Whether you're hosting a barbecue blowout or an intimate gathering of close friends, you can conclude with toasted marshmallows and fireside stories in your own backyard. Of course, you want to be sure to follow all local rules and regulations about firepit use. In addition to local ordinances, take into account these firepit safety guidelines.



  • Place your firepit in a wide-open area - Make sure the firepit isn't under tree branches or near bushes that can easily catch fire. Aim to keep the pit at least 10 feet away from any large structures or plant life.
  • Cover your firepit with a fire screen - With a screen, you won't have to worry about large embers popping out.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby - You'll want to have something to douse the fire quickly. If you don't have a fire extinguisher, keep a large bucket of water or sand nearby.
  • Light the fire with your back to the wind - You don't want the flames or ashes blowing into your face.
  • Use seasoned wood - With dry seasoned wood, your fire will burn safely without emitting dangerous gases.
  • Properly dispose of ashes - Even ashes that are a few days old can inflame. Wait a day for ashes to cool, then dampen them and store the remains in a fire-proof metal container.


Fire pit with screen


Fire table
  • Don't clutter the area around the fire - Clear the space surrounding your fire in case small embers and sparks pop out.
  • Don't throw garbage into the fire - Don't allow anything but wood in your firepit. Many materials, like plastic and Styrofoam, can produce harmful smoke when burned.
  • Don’t allow unsupervised children to use the firepit - Kids should never be near a fire without adult supervision.
  • Don’t leave a fire unattended - When you're finished with the fire, make sure you smother it completely.
  • Don't use lighter fluid or other flammable liquids - Use specially designed starter logs or matches that you can toss into the kindling.
  • Don’t let the fire get too big - As the size of the fire increases, the likelihood of injury or accidents increases as well.