Fire Pit Safety Tips: How to Stay Safe and Prevent Wildfires
Conversation, laughter, music, stargazing … whether camping in the woods or lounging around the backyard, fire pits are the perfect gathering place for family and friends.
You should be cautious when lighting, maintaining, and extinguishing a fire pit. Download our Firepit Safety Checklist (pdf) below to keep these safety tips top of mind.
Placing Your Pit
- Make sure it sits 10-25 feet from any structure or neighboring yards.
- Do not position it under a covered porch or low-hanging tree.
- Do not place it on a wooden deck or in the grass. Put it on a non-flammable surface, like concrete or patio blocks.
Preparing Your Pit
- Make sure it is at least six inches deep at the center and two feet across.
- Sweep the area for flammable materials; if too windy, do not light a fire.
- Keep water, fire blankets, and/or extinguishers close.
- Use logs that are no more than 3/4 the diameter of the pit; keep logs at a safe distance.
Lighting Your Pit
- Do not use lighter fluid; use kindling or a starter log.
- Do not put garbage or soft wood in the fire—these can pop and throw sparks.
- Position seating at a reasonable distance; keep kids and pets 3 feet away.
- Don’t wear flammable or loose-fitting clothes.
Using Your Fire Pit
- Never leave your fire unattended.
- Never leave kids or pets alone near your fire pit.
- Purchase a wire screen to keep embers in and kids or pets out.
- Keep careful control of fuel to control flames.
- Douse flames with water; stir with a shovel to make sure it is extinguished.
- Discard ashes in a metal container—they could remain hot for several days.
Make safety a priority whenever you are around fire. Download our Fire Pit Safety Checklist (pdf).family, Home safety, summer, Yard Care