Fire pits have a way of bringing friends and neighbors together. They are fun to sit around and visit and they also add a beautiful ambience to your home. While they are beautiful and fun, they can also be very dangerous for your home’s siding if you are not careful. While we do not want to put a damper on your spring and summertime fun; we want to help you keep fire safety at the forefront of your mind to keep your home safe from fire and smoke damage.
Whether you are thinking of building a permanent fire pit or purchasing a portable fire bowl to move it around the yard, you need to consider the location of your fire. Any structure should be at least 10 feet away from all areas of your home as well as your landscaping. This will help to avoid the flames from melting your siding or starting your favorite rose bush on fire. Other things to keep in mind are your fence or trees that hang low in your yard. Try to keep your fire pit in a location that is free from everything but open area to prevent disaster from occurring.
Watch the Weather
Even if you have the perfect location for your fire pit, you still need to pay close attention to the weather, namely the wind. If the wind is blowing towards your home, there is a good chance that embers or even flames could carry over to your home. Avoid lighting a fire on these nights if your fire pit is not moveable. If it is moveable, make sure to move it to an area that the wind will not cause the embers or flames to hit your home.
Don’t Use Soft Wood
Any type of soft wood, such as pine or cedar can put your home at risk too. These woods typically create more sparks than other types of wood, which puts your home at risk for catching on fire. Try to pick harder wood that fits perfectly in your fire pit to avoid any flames from reaching outside of the pit and aiming towards your home.