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Fire Pit Safety: What is the Correct Fire Pit Distance From A House?

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

A fire pit in the backyard Count on the professionals at SERVPRO for any size fire restoration project caused by a backyard fire pit!

Make sure your fire pit is the correct place this summer. 

There is nothing better than starting a fire in a fire pit on a pleasant summer evening. A fire's warmth and light are the perfect way to end the day. But before you fire up your fire pit, there are some important things to keep in mind for safety's sake!

In the following blog post, we will discuss two types of fireplaces: permanent and portable, as well as how far your fire pit should be from your house, as well as fire pit safety tips to make sure that everyone stays safe.

The 2 types of fire pits: permanent and portable

There are two main types of fire pits homeowners install on their property: permanent fire pits and portable fire pits.

Permanent fire pits are often built into the ground, with cement blocks to contain the fire. This type of fire pit is most common in areas where fire restrictions are minimal.

On the other hand, portable fire pits are often made from metal and don't need to be built into the ground. These fire pits are great for a homeowner who is curious if they want to invest in a permanent fire pit.

The proper fire pit distance from a house

No matter what type of fire pit you decide to use, fire safety must always be a top priority. Fire pits should be at least ten feet from the house, but we recommend 20 feet to avoid fire damage. The fire pit should also be at least ten feet away from any other type of flammable surface, such as a swing set or tree.

Fire safety needs to be a priority!

Whenever you decide to start a fire in a fire pit, you need to ensure that appropriate safety measures are followed. The team at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties has put together a list of 10 fire pit safety tips to ensure you get the most enjoyment from your fire pit this summer while keeping everyone safe.

10 Fire pit safety tips 

  1. A fire pit should never be placed on a wooden deck or any wooden surface.
  2. Avoid burning seasoned wood
  3. Follow any fire pit laws by your local city and county authorities.
  4. Keep a fire extinguisher or a water source close by in case of an emergency
  5. Avoid operating a fire pit beneath a building overhang or under a partially enclosed space.
  6. Keep a portable fire pit make sure the ground is level 
  7. Check for overhanging trees that can easily ignite from sparks. 
  8. Surround a fire pit with non-combustible materials, like stone, brick, and sand.
  9. Don't use lighter fluid or gasoline to start a fire.
  10. Surrounding chairs should be at least 5 feet away from the fire pit. 

What to do when a fire pit causes fire damage

If you are dealing with fire damage caused by a fire pit, you need to contact a reliable fire damage restoration company for help.

Professional fire restoration experts will clean up the fire-damaged area and remove all of the smoke damage left behind after the fire is put out.

The right team of fire restoration professionals may be able to save certain items from your home that were not significantly fire-damaged through an extensive cleaning process.

Final Thoughts

As with any outdoor fire event, homeowners need to keep their property safe when hosting guests by following the backyard fire safety tips above. 

When dealing with a fire damage claim, you can count on the professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties. All of their fire damage restoration professionals have gone through extensive training and are IICRC certified

Please feel free to contact us for further questions on our fire restoration services. We hope you are having a great summer!

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