Backyard Fire Pit Safety

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fire pitBackyard fire pits are a great way to wind down and enjoy cooler summer evenings.  But, keep in mind that open flames come with safety concerns and responsibilities.

Always supervise children around the fire.  Most adults can’t resist the lure of an open flame, so don’t expect children to be able to contain themselves.  Take extra precautions if roasting wieners or making s’mores.   A marshmallow on a stick can quickly morph into a flaming torch wielded by a startled child.

Pay attention to municipal and provincial fire bans.  Clean your fire pit before using it, and make sure to thoroughly extinguish the flames after. Using a screen prevents sparks and debris from scattering outside the fire pit.  All it takes is one unattended spark on dried grass or leaves to start a fire that can take your entire home – especially if the wind picks up.  

Despite taking precautions, accidents can happen.  Make sure your insurance broker knows that you have a backyard fire pit so that he or she can help you choose the best coverage to fit your needs.