Nothing beats s’mores and hot dogs over an open fire in your backyard with family and friends! If you want to take it one step further, you could add a metal grate across the top for a natural grill. Corn, fish, pizza, steaks…there are so many options for summer meals outdoors! But don’t forget that fire is an extreme hazard, particularly when there are children around. Take a look at some of our tips on how to stay safe around your fire pit this summer:
- Always have an emergency douser nearby. Whether this is a garden hose, a bucket of sand or a fire extinguisher, make sure that you have some way of putting out the flames quickly if needed. If you have a gas or propane pit, ensure that the shut-off is easy to access.
- Light the fire safely. Never use gas, kerosene or lighter fluid to ignite your fire. Only use the manufacturer’s recommended starters.
- Keep the pit as far away from buildings and trees as possible. Placing your pit in an open area reduces the possibility of surrounding structures or landscaping from catching on fire.
- Never leave children unattended. Accidents happen easily so make sure that children are always supervised by a responsible adult when around the fire. Tie back long hair and any trailing ribbons or laces for extra safety precautions.
- Extinguish the flames. When you are wrapping up the evening, ensure that your fire is completely extinguished before leaving it for the night. A fire can reignite itself over a number of hours so pour water on top of the embers until no smoke remains to be certain that it has been extinguished.