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The Dos & Don'ts of Outdoor Fire Pits

Outdoor fire pits have become a popular addition to many homes in Perth. They provide a warm and inviting atmosphere for outdoor gatherings and can also be a great way to cook food. However, it's important to follow certain Dos and Don'ts to ensure the safety of yourself, your guests, and the environment. In this article, we will discuss some essential Dos and Don'ts for outdoor fire pits in Perth.


DOs:

  1. Check Fire Restrictions: It's important to check for fire restrictions in your area before starting a fire pit. During the summer months, Western Australia can be prone to bushfires, and it's crucial to abide by any fire bans in place.

  2. Use the Right Fuel: Use only dry, untreated wood or charcoal in your fire pit. Avoid using pressure-treated wood, which contains chemicals that can release toxic fumes when burned.

  3. Clear the Area: Clear the area around the fire pit of any debris or combustible materials. Ensure there is a 3-meter clearance around the fire pit. This will reduce the risk of sparks or embers igniting nearby objects.

  4. Use a Screen: Always use a spark screen or mesh cover to prevent sparks from flying out of the fire pit. The screen will also prevent burning debris from escaping the pit and potentially starting a fire.

  5. Monitor the Fire: Never leave a fire unattended. Always supervise the fire and keep a fire extinguisher or water hose nearby.

 

DON'Ts:

  1. Use Accelerants: Never use gasoline, kerosene, or other accelerants to start or reignite a fire. These can cause explosive reactions and lead to serious injuries.

  2. Burn Trash or Leaves: Avoid burning leaves, paper, or other types of trash in your fire pit. These materials can produce toxic fumes and generate excessive smoke.

  3. Overload the Pit: Avoid overloading the fire pit with too much wood or charcoal. This can cause the fire to burn too hot and potentially become uncontrollable.

  4. Ignore Wind Conditions: Windy conditions can make it difficult to control a fire pit. If it's too windy, consider postponing the fire until the wind dies down.

  5. Leave the fire pit unattended: Finally, never go to bed without extinguishing the fire properly. Use water or a fire extinguisher to put out the fire and ensure that the ashes are cool to the touch before leaving the area.

In conclusion, an outdoor fire pit can be a great addition to any Perth home, but it's essential to follow the Dos and Don'ts to ensure safety. Always check for fire restrictions, use the right fuel, clear the area, use a screen, and monitor the fire. Additionally, never use accelerants, burn trash or leaves, overload the pit, ignore wind conditions, or neglect to put the fire out properly. By following these simple guidelines, you can enjoy your fire pit safely and responsibly.


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