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The 5 P’s to Fire Pit Safety - Tips for Fire Pit Fun

Fire pits are a great way to enhance your outdoor space and bring everyone together for s’mores or relaxation! With great fire pits comes great responsibility though.



When dealing with fire, it is important to do it in a way that is safe the entire time you’re enjoying it. Keep reading to learn the 5 P’s to fire pit safety!


1. Placement

  • Do not place the fire pit directly on a wooden deck or grass.
  • Place the fire pit at least 10 feet away from any structure although 25 feet is preferable.
  • Do not place under low hanging tree branches or a covered porch.
  • Place on non-flammable surfaces such as concrete, brick or stone.


2. Preparation
  • Make sure the area around the fire pit is free of any flammable materials.
  • Pile rocks or dirt around the fire pit to prevent any flames on the ground from spreading.


Backyard Fire Pit Metal


3. Properly Lighting the Fire Pit

  • Do not use your fire pit if it is too windy.
  • Use a commercial fire starter with kindling on top rather than using lighter fluid to light.
  • Do not use flammable liquids such as lighter fluid or gasoline to rekindle fires.


4. Practicing Safe Behavior
  • Invest in a wire mesh cover for your fire pit. This helps keep embers inside and guards from falling into the fire.
  • Avoid wearing flammable clothing (silk, synthetic material, etc.) while near the fire pit.
  • Never leave your fire pit unattended—especially when children or animals are around.


5. Putting Out the Fire
  • Have a bucket of sand or a fire extinguisher readily available in case you need to quickly control the fire.
  • Extinguish with water by drowning the fire. Stir with a shovel to make sure it is fully out.
  • Dispose of the ashes safely by putting in a metal can that is only used for ash storage (this prevents any sparks from coming in contact with flammable materials).
  • Do not discard ashes in paper bags, cardboard boxes, compost piles or anything that is flammable or combustible.


Patio Fire Pit Stone


It is important to be responsible whenever using fire at home. By following these safety tips, you will make sure that the fun doesn’t end when you’re having a fire pit get-together.


If you and your family love spending time outdoors together, maximize your outdoor living space with a manufactured home that has a built-in porch. Porches are perfect for enjoying your natural settings in any weather. Clayton even offers a screened-in porch option.

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