Sometimes, it’s nice to take a break from your indoor AC. And as autumn approaches, you might have your sight set on cooler nights spent around the fire with family and friends. But before you light the logs, lay a few ground rules for safety.
The National Fire Protection System reports that outside fire pits cause nearly 3,700 grass and brush fires a year. Stick to these fire pit safety tips to keep your summer safe!
Leave Gas Fire Pit Installation to the Pro’s
Many homeowners enjoy the convenience of gas fire pits in their yards and porch areas. These pits feature a gas burner to provide flames at any time — no matches or gathering wood needed. But gas comes with its own host of hazards. That’s why it’s important to have your gas fireplace installed by a professional. One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Pittsburgh is happy to answer your questions about outdoor gas fireplaces. After all, we install many gas furnaces and indoor fireplaces.
Regularly scheduled maintenance on your gas fire pit helps prevent future problems. So the next time you schedule an HVAC tune up, ask your One Hour Air technician to check your gas fire pit, too. You can trustOne Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Pittsburgh’s licensed, experienced, and insured technicians to help you navigate gas line connections safely.
Location Is Key
An outdoor fire pit should only be used outdoors. Lighting one inside your house, or even an enclosed garage, can increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Regardless of your type of firepit, station your pit on a level stone, concrete, or brick surface that’s at least 10 feet from your house, trees, and anything flammable. In general, you should avoid putting the pit on a grassy surface, wood deck, or enclosed porch.
Gas fire pits are more commonly found in areas like suburbs, condos, and apartments where yard space is limited. That’s because gas fire pits are more controlled than a natural, wood-burning fire pit.
Stop Fire from Spreading
Just like an indoor fireplace, it is smart to keep some form of fire extinguisher within reach. For outdoor pits, keep a bucket of sand, a fire extinguisher, or a garden hose nearby in case the fire spreads beyond the pit borders.
Avoid windy conditions, which can blow embers toward your home or your neighbor’s home. It’s also smart to clean leaves and other debris that may accumulate around the pit. While you’re doing yard work, be sure to clear debris from other outdoor appliances, too — like your HVAC system.
Ignite the Fire Safely
Never use lighter fluid, gas, or kerosene to light a fire. If you own a wood-burning pit, use dry, seasoned pieces of wood that do not extend beyond the pit’s diameters.
Any time you plan to have gas or an open flame near your home, it’s smart to ensure that fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working safely. Talk to your One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Pittsburgh technician to check your detectors for battery life and functionality. Even if we didn’t install or place your carbon monoxide detectors, we will ensure they are keeping you safe.
When you’re ready to head back inside, count on One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Pittsburgh to keep your home cooled or heated to just the right temperature. We’re here for all your seasonal home comfort needs!