family's safety around a fire, we suggest having the correct tools,
protective screens and clothing, and proper placement. Following some
basic guidelines can result in a safe celebration for all.
Fire pits have become increasingly popular in recent years, and create
a perfect gathering spot for your friends. Proper placement of a fire
pit is essential for ensuring safety. First, the pit must be placed on
a flat, level, fireproof surface. Placing the unit on a stone patio or
driveway makes a festive setting, and adding it to a yard or garden
creates a more intimate scenario. If the pit is placed in a lawn, be
sure to use gravel or sand under and around it to prevent any sparks
from spreading to the nearby grass. Further reduce the chance of an
uncontrolled fire by creating an even burn. To do this, place an inch
of sand on the bottom of the fire bowl, and elevate fire logs on a
rack. Cover the fire with a screen to keep flare ups to a minimum, and
use thick fireproof gloves when touching the screen.
Many homes are also equipped with wood burning fireplaces, for those
who prefer to enjoy a fire indoors rather than out. The same
precautions used outdoors should be carried on indoors as well. A
clean fireplace and chimney will prevent unwanted buildup, and placing
the logs on a log rack helps air flow around the fire, for a more even
burn. Ensure that no fabric or other flammable items surround the
fireplace and could be ignited by an errant spark. Adding a screen to
the front of the fireplace will help prevent sparks from jumping from
the fire, and will help keep children and pets away from the open
flames. Having the correct tools, such as long matches or a candle
lighter, will help light the fire with a minimum of contact. Keeping
the damper open will prevent the room from filling with smoke. A poker
will help arrange the logs when lit, and a small broom and dustpan
will aid in cleaning up ash once the fire is out.
Cooking over an open fire can often bring together family and friends.
Using the proper equipment helps create healthy, hearty meals. When
cooking over a flame or coals, first check that the chosen vessel is
food safe. If cast iron is used, ensure it has been seasoned for a
better finish to the dish. Check for forks and pans with long handles,
to keep you a safe distance from the heat, and use gloves if the
handle is not insulated. Be sure to allow the food to cool prior to
eating it, preventing burns to the mouth. For those who find their
s'mores lacking, convenient campfire cooking guides can be a boon to
novice and expert alike.
Fire can offer a warm spot during a chilly night, create a centerpiece
for a party, or be a gathering spot for a quiet family night. However,
before planning any activities around fire, you will need to ensure
that you have the proper tools. A charged fire extinguisher, heatproof
gloves, long matches, and other protective clothing are essential.
Indoors, make sure you have several smoke detectors in the house, and
that they have fresh, working batteries. We have a large selection of
fire pits, fireplace screens, log racks, and other accessories for all
your fire safety needs. Check out many of our fire products in our Fire
& Barbecue Department. For more personal assistance, feel free
to call our customer service representatives toll free at 877-562-1818
or internationally at 513-232-4225 from 9 AM to 5 PM Eastern Standard
Time Monday through Friday.