Did you know that you have the option to add an outdoor living package to your new Essex home? Nearly all Essex floor plans offer the option to add a fire pit to your backyard patio area. Who doesn’t enjoy sitting around a fire with family and friends enjoying the peaceful summer nights of the Carolinas? For those who do, here are a few tips to keep you, your family, and friends safe:
Keep it Clean: Maintain a clean area around your fire pit or fireplace and clean it regularly. Install a screen to keep sparks from flying out.
Starting your Fire: Use a fat wood stick or fireplace lighter to start your fire. Keep it small until you can determine the wind conditions (direction/strength). Only add fuel when necessary.
Proper Equipment: Fire safety gloves or fireplace pokers are suggested when managing your fire. Be sure to have quick access to a hose or fire extinguisher.
Minimize Smoke: Use hardwoods such as hickory and oak to minimize the amount of smoke your fire creates. Avoid burning trash or plastics as they emit dangerous toxins into the air.
Create a Safe Zone: Keep children and pets a safe distance from the fire. Make sure seating is a safe distance from the fire as well.
Keep Watch: Be sure to keep watch on the fire and never leave it unattended. When you’re done, double check to be sure that your fire is completely extinguished.
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