Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Keep Kids Far Away from the Fire Pit

Fire Pit Safety Tips to Keep in Mind

By: Edward L. Blais, JD, CIC
President, Blais Insurance

Fire pits bring a certain charm to homes and they can set the mood for a memorable family reunion. As you make plans to have family and friends over for a relaxing evening, Blais Insurance would like to share these essential fire pit safety tips to help you prevent an accident. 

Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits cause 3,700 grass and brush fires every year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Most fire officials will tell you that fires can spread quickly, causing significant damage in a short amount of time.

The frequency and damage from these types of fires have led experts to develop general safety tips that can help families’ keep fires at bay.

One of the most important things homeowners can do to prevent a fire includes positioning the fire pit at least 10 feet away from the home. It is equally important to be mindful of the following tips:

·      Keep children away from fire pits
·      Use fire pits in an open space with no building or trees overhanging
·      Place chairs in a way that allows guests to easily move around
·      Only burn seasoned hardwoods and don’t use chemicals to start the fire
·      Contact your Blais Insurance agent

Homeowners should always contact their insurance agent when they make additions to their home, especially if it poses a safety risk. A Blais Insurance agent can help you identify financial risks to your home, and will work with you to create a tailored homeowners insurance policy that has you completely covered. Kick off the outdoor season on the right foot by calling Blais Insurance at 401-725-0070.