Benefits of a backyard fire feature
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A fire pit can add warmth and interest to a backyard patio and allow you to enjoy the great outdoors year-round.
"If you are installing a fire pit you really need to check with your homeowners association first because you certainly don't want to get sideways with their rules. Also check local regulations. You want to know what the fire code is for having that fire pit," said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.
Hicks says you also don't want to forget to check with your insurance agent about your homeowners insurance. You want to make sure you fire pit is covered under your policy.
No matter the size, shape or materials you choose, one thing all fire pits have in common is that they contain fire, which must be controlled. To enjoy your new fire pit safely, make sure you follow these tips.
Angie's List Tips: Fire Pit Safety Considerations
- Never place a fire pit under tree canopies. Heat rises far above the pit, so if tree limbs grow near the pit, prune them away so there's no chance of setting the trees on fire.
- Keep the fire inside the burn area. The bigger the fire, the greater the potential of it getting out of control.
- Never use gasoline to start a fire. Gasoline fumes can build up and cause an explosion!
- Keep your distance. Make sure your pit is always at least 10 feet or farther from a structure or flammable material.
- Have a source of water close by and ready to use. Fire can get out of control quickly, and it may spread out of control while you run for the hose, so have it next to the pit and ready to go before you light the fire.
- Put out the fire properly. Don't just pour a little water on it and go to bed. A hot fire can smolder for hours and restart while you're asleep or away. Monitor the pit until the fire is completely out before walking away.
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