Fire Pit Safety

What to do when your outdoor hearth gets too hot to handle

This article by Natalie Rodriguez was published in This Old House.

A blazing fire pit is a delightful comfort on cool nights—unless the fire flares out of control. For safety’s sake, take these precautions before striking the match:

  • Never place a pit closer than 10 feet from anything flammable, including your house and overhead tree branches.
  • With gas pits, make sure all vents are clear to avoid smoky ...
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