- November 28, 2014
- Posted by: Aimpro Insurance
- Category: Article Archives
Sitting around a fire pit can be a great way to spend an evening with family or friends. What may start off as just roasting s’mores or hotdogs over the fire, can take a turn for the worst without the proper precautions. Do not let an unsafe fire come back to bite you! Keep these tips in mind when buying or using a fire pit.
Style: There are a lot of options when it comes to outdoor fire pits: the more modern gas models, the ready-made metal bowls, or the traditional pit filled with sand and lined with rocks. See what type works best for your yard by checking them all out.
Laws: Fire pits have recently grown in popularity, and many areas are creating new rules and regulations for their use to help minimize risk as well as to protect air quality. Check with your local government to see what rules you must follow when using your fire pit.
Surroundings: Before you light the fire, make sure there are no flammable materials near it. A fire pit should be at least ten feet away from any structure. Be sure to check the wind direction beforehand as well.
Putting out the fire: If the remains of the fire are too hot to touch, then they are too hot to leave unattended. As the fire dies down spread out the ashes so that they cool faster. If you do not want to wait for it to go out and cool on its own, keep a bucket of water or sand nearby to smother it. Having a fire extinguisher on hand in case the fire gets out of control can also be a good idea.
Contact Aimpro Insurance in Phoenix for all of your Arizona home insurance needs. Make sure your fire pit is being used properly as you roast your marshmallows. Stay prepared if something goes wrong and get a policy, today!