Fire Pit Safety Tips for our Homebuyers with the Outdoor Living Package

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An outdoor fire pit adds a lot of character to your backyard patio and is a wonderful place to gather year round in both Columbia SC and Charlotte. Did you know almost all of our floor plans offer the option to add an outdoor living package to your new home? The one seen here features stone pavers, a seating bench and a fire pit.

For those of our you who like to spend evenings roasting marshmallows with your family, here are some fire pit safety tips to keep everyone safe:

Keep it Clean:
Maintain a clean area around your fire pit or fireplace and clean it regularly. A screen is recommended for creating a barrier from the fire to stop sparks from flying out of the pit.

Observation:
Use a fatwood stick or fireplace lighter to light your fire. Start with a small fire until you know which way the wind is blowing and how strong it is. Only add fuel when needed.

Use Proper Equipment:
Fire safety gloves or a fireplace poker are suggested to manage your fire. In case of an emergency, keep a fire extinguisher, water hose and buckets of water handy.

Keep the Smoke to a Minimum:
Use hardwoods like hickory and oak because they emit less smoke. Never burn trash or plastics in your fire because they discharge dangerous toxins into the air.

Create a Safety Zone:
Don’t allow your children or animals to play around or be near the fire. Position your patio furniture far enough away from the fire pit as well.

Supervision:
Always keep your eyes on the fire and never leave it unattended. Double check that the fire is completely extinguished when you’re finished using the firepit or before going back inside your new Essex Home.

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