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Fire Pit Safety For Your Fruitport, MI Home

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Fire in fire pit Check out these fire pit safety tips before lighting up.

Warmer weather is here which means backyard barbeques and bonfires.  Before lighting up an inferno, check out these fire pit safety tips to keep you and your Fruitport home safe.

  • Check Wind Conditions Before starting up a blaze in your fire pit, check the local weather conditions.  Do not use your fire pit on unusually windy days, as the wind can make it difficult to light the kindling and could blow sparks to surrounding brush or structures, potentially starting a fire.
  • Build the Fire in the Open Never light your fire pit when it is underneath the overhand of a building or beneath trees.  Keep the immediate area around the pit clear of yard waste and other flammable materials.  Sparks can blow out of the fire and ignite nearby structures, dry wood, or leaves potentially causing a fire emergency.
  • Never Burn Construction Lumber To fuel your fire, use wood from around your home or season hardwood kindling and logs.  Never use construction materials such as plywood, MDF, pressure-treated boards and posts, or chemically treated wood pallets.  These are treated with chemical resins, adhesives, and other substances that emit toxic fumes when burned.
  • Be Ready to Extinguish Flames Everyone enjoys a good fire but they can be unpredictable.  Make sure to keep a shovel and water close by just in case.  In an emergency, you can use the water to extinguish the fire and the shovel to smother the flames by throwing dirt on them.
  • Never Leave a Fire Unattended Never leave your fire unattended, even after it has died down and only glowing embers remain.  Tiny flames are still a potential threat as they can rekindle a fire.  Almost-extinguished fires have been responsible for some of the most severe wildfires in U.S. history.  Make sure to pour water over live embers and turn logs to make sure all sides have stopped burning.

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