If the smell of roasted marshmallows and toasted S’mores sparks nostalgia, you’re not alone. Fire pits are one of the most popular outdoor additions to any home. Not only do they provide the warmth needed to keep your family and guests outdoors, but they also offer a cozy and inviting atmosphere for social gatherings. Images Landscaping and Construction specialize in the installation of both gas and wood-burning fire pits. If you are looking to invest in an outdoor fire pit, or already have one, there are several safety and maintenance tips we suggest you follow.
Check with your local city, township, or local governing body on local rules and regulations regarding fire pits. Many cities have strict rules regarding placing, size, and various other requirements, including obtaining permits. We also suggest staying up to date on burn ordinances and bans within your area.
Before having your fire pit installed, purchase a functional fire extinguisher with a Class A rating to have on hand at all times in case of emergency.
As a standard rule of thumb, fire pits should be at least 10 feet from structures and anything flammable. Make sure there are no overhanging tree branches or other potential fire hazards within the localized area. We also suggest considering wind flow. Windy conditions can spark particles to blow from your fire pit and start a new fire.
Images Landscaping and Construction is the solution for all your backyard landscaping and hardscaping needs. Whether you’re looking for a simple or a sophisticated layout, our gas, and natural wood fire pits can help you enjoy your yard throughout every season. Once you have your backyard refuge in place, here are a few more safety tips on how to help keep you and your guests safe.
Use only the type of gas fuel your fire pit was designed to burn. If you have a wood-burning fire pit, always use dry sticks or wood. Never use lighter fluid or gasoline or other flammable agents to start or restart a fire. These can be very dangerous and can cause catastrophic explosions.
Place a spark screen over top your fire pit to help keep flying particles and burning embers from shooting out into the open and harming anyone.
Although this is pretty self-explanatory, surprisingly, many fires are started simply due to lack of maintenance and neglect. Always leave a responsible adult in charge.
Keeping your fire pit clean will help to prevent fires from forming outside the pit area. Remove any remnants of ash, dust, and wood by using an angled broom to sweep the inside of the pit area. Clear the area around the fire pit and remove any debris such as leaves, twigs, or grass from within 10 feet so that any floating embers do not start new fires.
Anticipating snow or freezing temperatures? Going on an extended vacation? Be sure to cover your fire pit when not in use to protect it from outdoor elements. Standing water can lead to structural damage and rusting, shortening your fire pit’s lifetime. It can also permeate an unpleasant smell putting a damper on your future outdoor fun. When you decide to invest in your new fire pit, ask Images Landscaping and Construction about obtaining a cover.
Do not burn plastic or other items you would typically dispose of in the garbage. Many give off toxic fumes and carcinogens.
During the fall, the cooler temperatures and shorter days make the perfect environment for the warmth and comfort of a well-designed fire pit. Images Landscaping and Construction’s gas and natural wood fire pits can help you enjoy your yard throughout every season. Call us now at 248-866-5442 or by requesting a free estimate here.