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Top Tips for a Safer Outdoor Fire Pit Cumming , GA
fire pit at night showing glowing embers

As we enjoy our beautiful Georgia evenings, many of us love gathering around a warm, crackling fire pit. It’s a perfect way to unwind, roast marshmallows, or just soak in the peaceful outdoor ambiance. At Everlast Lawns and Landscapes, we’re all about creating gorgeous, functional outdoor spaces, but we know safety is just as important as enjoyment. Here are some essential tips to ensure your fire pit experiences are not just fun, but also safe.

1. Location, Location, Location

The first step in fire pit safety is choosing the right location. Your fire pit should be at least 10 feet away from any structures or combustible materials. Avoid placing it under overhanging tree branches or near shrubs. An open, level area is your best bet for safety.

2. Check Local Regulations

Before you light up your fire pit, make sure you’re familiar with local fire regulations in Alpharetta. Some areas have specific rules about the size and use of fire pits, and there may be restrictions during droughts or certain weather conditions.

3. Use the Right Materials

When it comes to what you’re burning, stick to seasoned hardwood. Avoid using softwoods like pine or cedar, as they can pop and throw sparks. Never use construction materials, plastics, or other toxic materials that can release harmful fumes when burned.

4. Keep a Safe Distance

Furniture and seating should be placed far enough away from the fire pit to avoid accidental burns or sparks. Encourage kids and pets to stay at a safe distance, too. It’s all about enjoying the warmth without getting too close for comfort.

5. Have Safety Equipment on Hand

Always have a fire extinguisher, garden hose, or a bucket of water nearby when your fire pit is in use. In the event of an unexpected flare-up, you’ll be prepared to douse the fire quickly.

6. Installing a Spark Screen

Consider using a spark screen to contain embers and sparks. This simple addition can greatly reduce the risk of stray sparks igniting nearby materials.

7. Never Leave the Fire Unattended

This one might seem obvious, but it’s worth repeating: never leave your fire pit burning unattended. Always fully extinguish the fire before calling it a night.

8. Educate Your Family and Guests

Make sure everyone in your household, as well as guests, understands fire pit safety. A quick briefing on do’s and don’ts can go a long way in preventing accidents.

9. Regular Maintenance and Clean-Up

Keep your fire pit in top shape by regularly removing ash and debris. This not only promotes better air flow for future fires but also minimizes the risk of unintended fires starting from leftover embers.

Safe and Sound Around Your Alpharetta Fire Pit

An outdoor fire pit is a fantastic addition to your Alpharetta home, offering warmth, ambiance, and a great spot for gathering. By following these safety tips from Everlast Lawns and Landscapes, you can ensure that your fireside experiences are not only enjoyable but also safe for everyone involved. So grab those marshmallows, gather your friends and family, and enjoy your fire pit with peace of mind!

Posted on behalf of Everlast Lawns and Landscapes, L.L.C.

4315 Summerwood Drive
Cumming , GA 30041

Phone: (770) 480-2695


Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, Sunday: Closed

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Everlast Lawns and Landscapes, L.L.C.

4315 Summerwood Drive
Cumming , GA 30041

(770) 480-2695

Opening Times

Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, Sunday: Closed