Fire Pit Safety & Tips

For National Fire Prevention Week, Waters True Value offers a few tips to help make your fire pit sessions safer than ever.


  • Garden hose
  • Newspaper
  • Matches or Multipurpose lighter
  • Water bucket
  • Firewood
  • Metal bucket


  • Poker

What’s better than sitting around a warm fire with family and friends, roasting marshmallows and relaxing? We can’t think of much! With October upon us, it’s the perfect season to light up those fire pits and get to roasting – but it’s important to make sure you and your loved ones remain safe while basking by the fire.

For National Fire Prevention Week, Waters True Value offers a few tips to help make your fire pit sessions safer than ever.


  1. location, Location, LOCATION

Whether you’re building your own fire pit or using one already assembled, you need to be sure you’re placing it in an area of your property that is safe for you and your neighbors. The wind (which our Kansas folks are used to) can blow smoke and sparks around, so don’t put the fire pit too close to doors or windows. You also want to stay up to date on any burn bans or burn ordinances that might be in effect in your area. Make sure there is plenty of space all the way around the fire pit – you don’t want it singeing any plants or fences that could be potential fire hazards. A safe distance would be to have the fire pit at least 10 feet from nearby structures.

  1. Getting Your Flames Started

First thing’s first – don’t try to start a fire with gasoline, no matter what you’ve seen in the movies. It is dangerous. You’ll want to start small and add to the fire. Place a crumbled piece of newspaper or a store-bought fire starter in the center of the pit, then stack a layer of small sticks on top and light it all with a match or multipurpose lighter. As the fire builds, continue adding larger and larger sticks. Add your firewood carefully, slowly adding more as the fire grows.

  1. Simmer Down

Never leave a fire unaccompanied! When you’re ready to call it a day, use a bucket of water or hose to drown out the flames and stir the ashes with a poker. Continue this process until everything in the pit is cold to the touch. Collect the ashes in a metal bucket used for ashes only and leave it outside overnight. Douse with water again in the morning before discarding the ashes in a trash can.

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4 comments on “Fire Pit Safety & Tips

  1. Thanks for the advice to place fire pits away from doors and windows due to the wind blowing smoke around. My backyard could use a little personality, and I’ve been thinking that a fire pit would be the perfect fit. I’ll be sure to keep it at a distance that is at least 10 feet from nearby structures when I get pit.

  2. You make a great point to avoid starting a fire with gasoline and instead try start with a crumbled piece of newspaper and then build on that. My husband and I really want to get a fire pit installed in our backyard so we can have our friends and neighbors over on warm summer nights, but we want to be sure that we can properly start a fire and keep things safe. We’ll have to talk with a professional to find out more about it. Thanks for your tips!

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