Lighting up a firepit on a wooden deck can be a cozy and enjoyable experience, but you should prioritize safety to prevent accidents or damage to your deck. Here’s are some basic guidelines that will allow you to safely use a firepit on your deck.
Some jurisdictions may have specific rules regarding open flames or firepits, so familiarize yourself with any local regulations and obtain a permit if one is required.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT FIREPIT
Find a firepit that’s specifically designed for use on a deck. Look for firepits with sturdy construction, heat resistant materials, a spark screen, and a heat shield or base to protect the deck.
Find a flat and stable area on your deck to place the firepit, positioned away from any flammable materials such as furniture, toys, overhangs, or plants. Leave sufficient clearance around the firepit to prevent accidental contact or heat transfer to the deck.
USE A FIREPROOF MAT OR PAD
Place a fireproof pad under your firepit to provide an extra layer of protection for the decking material. This will help to shield the deck from direct heat, sparks, and embers that may escape from the firepit.
MAINTAIN PROPER VENTILATION
Proper ventilation dissipates smoke, prevents the buildup of carbon monoxide, and lowers the risk of heat damage to the deck.
Have a fire extinguisher on hand in case of emergencies, and make sure you know how to use it. Also, regularly check the expiration date to ensure that it’s ready to go if it’s needed.
NEVER LEAVE IT UNATTENDED
Not even for a moment, and especially if there are children or pets around. A fire can get out of hand very quickly, so you need to have a responsible adult on hand to monitor the fire and to make sure that the fire is fully extinguished before leaving the area.
PUT THE FIRE OUT COMPLETELY
When you’re finished using the firepit, carefully extinguish the fire using water or sand. Once the ashes are cooled completely, dispose of them in a fireproof container.
INSPECT YOUR DECK
Check your deck regularly for any signs of heat damage such as discoloration, warping, or charring. Address any issues promptly to prevent any further damage.
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