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We love to spend time around the fire on summer nights at the cabin, campsite or lake house and we know many of you do too. Here at Fox River Fire Rings we love everything there is to love about campfires – but we want you and and all of our friends and family to remain safe when they spend nights by the fire. Here are our top 5 safety tips for your outdoor fire ring provided by Fox River Fire Rings.

Backyard Fire Pit Safety Tips and Tricks

Are you excited about long nights by the fire this summer and fall? We know we are at Fox River Fire Rings. Keep yourself and your family safe this season with a list of backyard fire pit safety tips and tricks.

1. Do Not Leave a Fire Unattended

Fire can be dangerous – and when something goes wrong – it can happen fast. Never leave a fire unattended. If you need to leave to go to the bathroom or refill the cooler, make sure there is still someone responsible to watch the fire or put the fire out. When you head inside for the night, make sure that the fire is completely extinguished and there are not any sparks or embers still burning. Pour water on live embers and turn logs to ensure none are still burning.

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2. Keep a Fire Extinguisher Nearby

Fire can be a devastating force of nature and if you do not respect it, a fun night by the fire can turn to disaster in a hurry. Take precautions to extinguish your fire if it gets out of control. A shovel and water give you the option to douse the fire or smother it with dirt in an emergency. Fire extinguishers and fire blankets are alternatives that can help you put a fire out in a hurry.

3. Check Wind and Weather Conditions

When you decide to have a fire, it is important to check the weather forecast. High winds will not only make it hard to light your fire, they can blow sparks and embers to nearby brush or buildings and light secondary fires. Many local municipalities will issue no burn orders when weather conditions are dry and windy. Make sure you pay attention to no burn orders in your area.

4. Keep Your Fire Away From Buildings and Property

Many people who shop at Fox River Fire Rings ask – how far from my house should my backyard fire pit be? It is an important question to ask when you set up your outdoor fire pit. To prevent any embers or sparks from landing on homes, sheds, fences, decks, chairs, trees and pergolas, it is important to keep your fire at a safe distance from those structures and property. Your fire should be 10 – 25 feet away from structures and chairs should remain a minimum of 3 feet from the fire.

5. Be Careful of What You Burn

Did you know that treated lumber, trash, plastic or household items can release toxic fumes when they are burned? It is important to know what you can and cannot burn to keep your friends and family safe from toxic fumes around the fire. Know and understand what types of wood to burn to ensure a clean, warm and long-lasting fire.

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Do you plan to add an outdoor fire pit to your backyard? Fox River Fire Rings can help. Here is a list of the top 5 safety tips for your outdoor fire ring to help you protect friends, family and property. Contact Fox River Fire Rings today to learn more about our custom steel fire rings!