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Outdoor Fireplace Safety
While we are huge proponents of outdoor fireplaces, fire puts and the like for enhancing your backyard, we want you to do so safely and make sure you adhere to all local fire codes. Taking the time to prep your outdoor space to ensure it’s safe and secure is an important part of being a responsible host and neighbor.
Location: Your fireplace should be at least 10 feet away from any structure or combustible surface. Always have people and pets sit at least 3 feet from any side that gets hot.
Weather: Always check the weather before attempting to start a fire. Avoid windy conditions that can blow embers.
Putting it Out: The best way to extinguish a fire is to take the ashes, spread them over a large surface area and let them cool down. Then, take a container of water and pour it over the ashes. Don’t go to bed or leave the area until you’re sure the fire has been fully extinguished because you never know when a stray ember might fly away. Always keep at least two buckets of water or a hose on hand in case of emergencies.
Burn Bans: Always check your local burn bans and ordinances that might be in effect. Warm, dry climates like Colorado regularly institute temporary, yet mandatory fire bans when air quality may be degraded. These typically occur during fall and winter months and may last for a week or more.
Setup: Try to get a fireplace with a wide base, strong legs and heavy firebox for security. Always use a fire pad under a portable fireplace if you don’t have a stone, brick or concrete foundation. Never set a fireplace on a bare wooden deck.
Fuel: Don't burn trash, plastic or anything other than an intended fuel source as they may release toxic gases. Don’t overstuff the firebox. Always keep extra fuel stacked and stored at least 20 feet away.
Clean and maintain the fireplace regularly. Once a firebox begins to show signs of heavy rust, it is no longer safe to use.
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