An outdoor fireplace or fire pit adds ambiance to your St. George, UT homes for sale backyard while creating a wonderful place to gather year round. But as you entertain, hang out or stay warm during cool Utah nights there are many things to remember. Ence Homes recommends you adhere to the following outdoor fireplaces or fire pits safety tips in order to keep safe.
Safety first – Maintain a clean area around your fire pit or fireplace and clean it regularly. A screen is recommended for creating a barrier from the fire to stop sparks from flying out of the pit. Don’t allow your children or animals to play around or be near the fire. Never burn trash or plastics in your fire because they discharge dangerous toxins.
Fire safety equipment – Fire safety gloves are suggested to manage your fire. In case of an emergency, keep a fire extinguisher, water hose and buckets of water handy.
Location – Place your fire pit or fireplace on a solid surface and keep it at least 100 feet from your St. George, UT homes for sale. Situate it away from anything that can catch fire including overhanging rooflines, plants, trees and electrical wirings or anything that absorbs heat like metal tables, chairs or railings. Position your furniture far enough away from the fireplace or fire pit as well.
Wood – Hardwoods like hickory and oak are suggested because they emit less smoke.
Observation – Use a fatwood stick to light your fire. Start with a small fire to understand which way the wind is blowing, how strong it is and only add fuel when needed.
Ventilation – Proper ventilation is essential for maintaining safety at your home. Never place your fireplace or fire pit in an enclosed area, including your covered patio. Use smoke vents on your fireplace to direct the smoke upwards.
Supervision– Always keep your eyes on the fire and never leave it unattended.
Double check – Make sure the fire is completely extinguished when you’re finished using the fireplace or fire pit before heading back inside your St. George, UT homes for sale.