Fire Pit Safety Tips

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Fire Pit Safety Tips


Fire Pit Safety Tips Offered by the Department of Permitting Services


Cooler weather often spurs cozy gatherings around the fire pit during the fall season.

The Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services (DPS) website features safety tips for those who will be using fire pits, fire bowls and chimineas. It is important to utilize the devices in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidance, and to make sure at least one adult is supervising.

Fire pits and similar devices should be located at least 10 feet away from a home. It is important to keep a clear area of three feet in diameter around the fire pit. Mulch can catch fire quickly, so be sure and keep the fire pit at least three feet away from any nearby mulch.

The DPS fire code compliance team recommends that the devices should not be used on balconies or decks. DPS advises to burn only aged, dried wood and to not use any type of flammable or combustible liquids in the fire. A garden house or water source should always be nearby and users should be mindful of the wind speed before starting a fire.

When the evening around the fire pit concludes, dispose of all ashes in a safe manner. After 24 hours have passed, all hot ashes must be thoroughly dampened, cooled and stored in a metal container with a tight-fitting lid that is used solely for ash storage. Do not discard hot ashes in a compost pile, paper bag, cardboard box or anything that is combustible.

More information about the use of fire pits is available by contacting the Office of Fire Code Compliance at 3-1-1 (in Montgomery County) or 240-777-0311 (outside the County limits).

This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.


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Roy Kelley, Retired, Former Associate Broker, RE/MAX Realty Group

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Comments (22)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. Using theses types of devices in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and warnings is essential for the safety of all. Enjoy your day.

Nov 27, 2022 03:49 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Roy - People should always observe all of the safety requirements when using these.

Nov 27, 2022 03:56 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing Roy, great information on fire pit safety around the house!!!

Mulch can catch fire quickly, so be sure and keep the fire pit at least three feet away from any nearby mulch.

Nov 27, 2022 04:21 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yes, we have a fire pit and it's definitely important to make sure it's used safely!

Nov 27, 2022 04:52 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Great advice especially if you have natural gas. Have a wonderful Sunday, it all starts back tomorrow.  Bill

Nov 27, 2022 05:21 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Fire is a scary thing and can wreak havoc quickly.  These are great tips to prevent that from happening.

Nov 27, 2022 05:33 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Great tips, Roy... I see more and more fire pits in the Charlotte area and I'd bet most people who have them don't think about safety measures.

Nov 27, 2022 06:14 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

We don't have one of these Roy, but would imagine this is another important safety measure!

Nov 27, 2022 06:35 AM
Stella Barbour
NoVa Brokers LLC - Vienna, VA
Principal Broker, Serving Virginia and Maryland

Love the firepit! We use ours quite often. Safety important! 

Nov 27, 2022 07:08 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, safety with an open flame is very important, and thanks for sharing.

Nov 27, 2022 07:23 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Roy kelley we do not have a fire pit but do have a wood burning fireplace in our family room.

Nov 27, 2022 08:57 AM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Roy nothing like an outdoor fire pit for this season's gatherings. Your focus on SAFETY a key to avoid any holiday disaster. Thanks for the morning glory image!

Nov 27, 2022 11:07 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Roy Kelley these are very good helpful list of fire pit safety tips.

Nov 27, 2022 03:18 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Yesterday afternoon I had family at my home.  It was a gorgeous 67 degree day.  But, my sundown the chill came on.  We certainly enjoyed time around the fire pit on my patio.  All safety requirements were observed.

Nov 27, 2022 05:46 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Nov 28, 2022 06:26 AM