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Is it safe to have a fire pit on my deck?

Posted 7 November 2018 1:16 PM by Jase DeBoer

The simple answer is yes, but there are safety precautions to keep in mind before lighting those logs.

Hands warning up by fire pit. 1. Clear your deck of leaves and other debris that could possibly spark a fire from flying embers.

2. Check with your local zoning ordinances to make sure your fire pit is a safe distance from your house. While checking local codes, look for rules related to open flames. Some counties have fire restrictions in residential areas.

3. Don’t place your fire pit directly on your deck. The bottom of the pit may generate enough heat to burn it. To protect your deck, place something between it and the fire pit such as a small grid of pavers or a special heat-resistant fire mat.

ProWood® Holiday Tip: Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, we want to mention that it’s NEVER a good idea to place a turkey fryer on your deck.

4. Be aware of the wind direction and flame height. Out-of-control flying embers could turn your cozy fire into a much larger fire!

5. Always keep water nearby!

ProWood Tip: Do NOT burn pressure-treated lumber. Pressure-treated means the wood has been infused with chemicals that should not be burned.

We want you to enjoy family and friends in the great outdoors while safely warming up with a fire this fall season. After all, there’s nothing like the smell of a burning fire.

 

 

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