Be Careful When You Play With Fire, Even in the Backyard
It’s always fun to hang out with friends and family around a blazing fire in your backyard in Northeast Ohio — unless, of course, that fire blazes a little too much.
While a fire pit can be a wonderful addition to your home, all fires are potentially dangerous. So before you sit down to roast some marshmallows, we here at Hubbard Insurance Agency have gathered up some tips to help you keep that fire in the pit (and away from everything else).
Make sure it’s legal.
- Before building or buying a fire pit, check the regulations in your community to learn about restrictions.
- Your fire pit may be legal, but a fire might not always be. Monitor and follow local burn ordinances.
- Be respectful. Nothing can extinguish the good vibes of a cozy fire more quickly than police complaints from smoked-out neighbors.
Decide what kind of fire pit you want.
- You can buy a fire pit or build one. If you choose the latter, there are plenty of resources online to help you design it. Don’t dig a hole just anywhere and throw some rocks down. Put some thought into it and you’ll have a better — and safer — spot to enjoy.
- If you are looking for convenience, consider a propane model. They produce less smoke and have an adjustable flame.
Get ready to build your fire.
- First, ensure the area under and around the fire pit is clear of flammable materials. Make sure the fire pit is at least 10 feet away from any structures.
- Before you start the fire, have a fire extinguisher or a garden hose handy.
- Choose hard, seasoned woods. Sparks from softer woods, such as cedar, can increase the danger of igniting something nearby.
- Don’t use liquid fuels, even lighter fluid, to get your fire going. And don’t burn paper, cardboard, leaves, garbage, etc.
- If you have a metal fire pit, don’t overload it and always use the included safety screen.
Be sure to extinguish the fire.
- When you’re done, spread out the ashes and let them cool off for a bit. Then gently pour water or sand over them.
- Stick around for a little while to make sure it doesn’t flare up again.
We want you to have plenty of nice, cozy fall nights — without getting burned. Here’s to making memories around the fire!
This article provided courtesy of Safeco Insurance.
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