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Fire Pit Safety (A Comprehensive Infographic)

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  • Gene Caballero
  • June 09, 2021

Fire pits are a great part of a backyard and can be a lot of fun. It’s no secret however, fire can be dangerous. So before lighting up that weekend fire, take some time to review the safety guidelines laid out in this infographic. That way you can avoid being involved in one of 6,000 grill fires which happen every year. Once you have chosen the right type of firepit. You will want to follow these tips. 

How do I safely place a fire pit on a deck?

Placing a fire pit on a porch or patio can be risky, but following a few simple precautions can make things go more safely. First of all, you do not want to place your fire pit directly on a wooden deck. Instead, you will want to create a fireproof barrier using bricks or stone slabs. Do not place your fire pit within 2 feet of the awning of your house, covered deck or roof, or any other objects. 

How do I safely place a fire pit on a stone patio? 

Free-standing fire-pits and fire rings can be more safely used on cement or stone patios. Be sure to keep the fire pit at least 2 feet from any flammable objects. 

How do I safely place a fire pit in the yard?

When it comes to safely, placing a fire pit in the yard you want to be sure to create a clean space without any debris like leaves or sticks. Be sure to build a perimeter of at least 3 feet around the entire edge of the fire pit, and use a fire pit with sturdy legs. Do not place a fire pit to closet to any overhanging branches or trees. 

How far should my fire pit be from buildings and trees?

Place your fire pit at least 10 feet from any overhanging branches, homes, or sheds. Always remember that heat and sparks rise, so placing your fire pit far enough from any overhanging hazards is an essential part of fire pit safety.

What are some safety tips to keep in mind while burning my fire pit?

There are a few things beyond fire pit safety to mind for safe operation. Do not allow children or pets within 3 feet of the fire pit, do not use a lighting agent like gasoline or lighting fluid. And always have a hose nearby and douse the fire when you are done. Do not dispose of ashes for at least 24 hours as there may still be embers. 


At the end of the day, only you can keep your fire pit safe. This infographic is brought to you by Ameriprise Auto and Home Insurance. Be sure to share this infographic with your fire-friendly neighbors and family. 

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