Fire pits are one of the "hottest" requested design features according to a recent Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects. Whatever your pit design or size, follow these tips to stay safe while enjoying the heat.

1. Never build a fire pit with smooth river rocks. While aesthetically pleasing, they can heat rapidly and explode. Lining your pit with rough stones is a much safer choice.

2. Make sure to place your pit at least 10 feet away from any structures, fencing or other flammable materials.

3. Before you install your fire pit, check that your HOA or local authority allows open fires in your yard.

4. Find a level surface – and make sure you don't place your pit under telephone or electrical wires.

5. Never burn pressurized wood. It may contain toxins that release noxious fumes when burned.

6. Don't go overboard. Keep your pit constrained to an appropriate size for your yard. There's (hopefully) no need for a blaze big enough to deter warring villagers.

7. Be sure to check the weather. Gusty winds predicted? Then it's probably not a good night to enjoy your fire pit. Remember, it only takes one flying ember to ignite an unintentional fire.

8. Don't use kerosene or gasoline to light your fire. Go old school and stick with kindling. It's much safer.

9. Plan ahead: Keep a bucket of water, sand or a fire extinguisher (that you know how to work) nearby.


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