Keeping Safe with a Fire Pit | SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso
Fire pits are a great way to bring friends, family, and kids together. Smores, music and a good time are great during any season. As much fun as they are, fire pits can turn south quickly. Read our tips below to stay safe.
- Place your fire pit no less than 10 feet away from any structures or materials that can catch fire easily. These can include sheds, trees, brush, powerlines, and fences.
- Make sure you have plenty of space around the fire pit so no one is sitting too close.
- Don’t use flammable fluids to light or relight fires.
- To start the fire, use a lighter to ignite crumpled pieces of paper covered with small sticks. Then, add larger sticks and a log or two to keep it burning.
- Burn only dry material. Damp material will create excess smoke.
- Use a fire pit screen on top to help prevent large amber from leaving the controlled area.
- Don’t wear flammable clothing or any loose-fitting clothing.
- Never leave the fire unattended, and keep pets and children far away from the fire. Also, be sure to check the wind direction before lighting a fire.
- Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose, or bucket of water nearby.
- As the fire dies down, use a shovel and spread out the ashes to allow them to cool down. Then slowly pour water over those ashes and watch them closely to be sure that no burning embers remain or reignite.
If you ever need us due to a fire pit incident or something else, please call SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso.