Summer is winding down, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop having fun evening outdoor activities with family and friends. A fire pit will keep your guests warm and illuminate the party well after dark. It’s important to practice fall fire pit safety, as this time of year is particularly dangerous when it comes to starting a fire. Follow these tips and the evenings with your fire pit will be memorable for all the right reasons.

Fall Fire Pit Safety: Find a Safe Location for Your Fire Pit

If you are installing a fire pit for the first time, it’s important to find a good location for it. The fire pit should not be within 10-15 ft of another structure or landscaping material. The fire pit also needs to be on a flat, stable surface and have a base of cement, gravel, or other non-flammable material. This prevents the fire from accidentally spreading.

Rake Leaves for Fall Fire Pit Safety

During fall, trees will lose their leaves. These leaves are very flammable and could ignite if an ember falls on them. Prevent dry material from catching fire by raking your lawn often and disposing of the dead leaves. It’s recommended to rake your yard once a week during fall, but it’s a good idea to rake before lighting your fire pit to make sure the area is properly cleared.

Remove Dead Trees

Dead, dry trees can also be hazardous. They are challenging to put out if they catch fire, as there is a lot of material to burn. If there are any trees that are unseasonally bare or losing their bark, have a professional arborist inspect the trees to see if they are dead. If so, have them removed immediately, as a dead tree may cause damage to a property if left unaddressed.

Observe Local Laws and Burn Bans

Your location and the season will determine if you can have a fire or not. Burn bans are issued by your state’s Forest Service to prevent deadly wildfires from happening. Check with your local fire department to see if you need a permit to have an open fire, or if there is a burn ban in place. Not only is adhering to this tip important fall fire pit safety, but it will make you a good neighbor as well.

Check the Weather Report

Fall is a time when the winds pick up. It’s not recommended to have a fire going if it’s windy outside. Those winds can carry embers into flammable material, which will start a fire outside of the pit. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so use your fire pit on calmer evenings when there is less of a risk of a fire spreading.

Store Fuel Properly for Fall Fire Pit Safety

You will need to contend with a lot of dry material during fall, but it also tends to be a wetter season than summer. If you don’t store your firewood properly, it’s likely to be soaked and hard to light. Keep your firewood in a dry location, sheltered from the elements. This way you can have a trouble-free fire when the time is right.

Have All the Fuel You Will Need for the Evening

Days get shorter during the fall meaning you will have less light in the evenings. If you run out of firewood, it’s not recommended to cut more, as lower visibility will increase the risk of having an accident. This is why it’s a good idea to have all the firewood cut that you will need before you start your fire.

Fire pits are meant to be fun, and adhering to safety guidelines will keep them that way. Follow the above tips for a safe and memorable fall.

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