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6 Backyard Fire-Pit Safety Precautions to Keep You Safe All
[realtor.com: Ana Durrani]
Fireflies. Backyard parties. S’mores. Warm summer nights in your yard around the fire-pit can make for wonderful memories with family and friends. And this outdoor feature is still just as popular as ever. In its Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey, the American Society of Landscape Architects found that fire-pits and fireplaces are the most requested outdoor design addition, according to the 800 landscape architects who were surveyed.
For many homeowners, fire-pits are a focal point of summer evening entertaining, which is why it’s so important to make safety around your fire-pit a priority. Here are some tips to ensure everyone stays safe this summer.
“Local weather and air quality conditions may make it dangerous to start fires at certain times, both for the potential to ignite a wildfire and the potential for worsening air quality that can impact people’s health,” says Michele Steinberg, wildfire division director for the National Fire Protection Association.
To make sure you’re in compliance and not creating a potential hazard, Steinberg advises homeowners to check with their local fire department or municipality for any restrictions before burning.
“Fire pits should be at least 10 feet away from the house or any structure,” says Steinberg.
It’s also not wise to place a portable fire pit on a wooden deck. you should also consider the direction the wind blows in your yard; strong winds could create a fire hazard.
As for the stuff that should stay far away from your fire pit, Steinberg says you should never burn plastics, construction debris, treated lumber, or tires, because these materials contain toxins that can be harmful to people and animals when burned.
“One should never, ever use gasoline, kerosene, or other flammable or combustible liquids on fires in fire pits or campfires,” says Steinberg.
Fire pit owners should select cast-iron or steel fire pit screens to keep the fire contained.
In some parts of the United States – particularly regions prone to wildfire – homeowners have to disclose their fire pit to their insurance company. Before you invest in an outdoor fire feature, check with your insurance agent what impact a fire pit may have on your homeowner policy and whether you need to increase your coverage limits. This also includes reviewing liability insurance, should one of your guests be injured or a neighbor’s property damaged by the fire pit.
Farmers Insurance spokesman Trevor Chapman says the possibility of costly legal action is a big reason why it’s important that a fire pit be properly installed, or built to code.
In addition, Chapman advises that fire pit owners have an easily accessible fire extinguisher on hand, and that they consider establishing rules for use of the fire pit, particularly with children in the house.
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