Everyone loves to sit around the fire at night. It’s great for ambiance, cuddling, and roasting marshmallows. The fire pit can raise some questions for the savvy homeowner who wants to make sure of the best practices and avoid damaging their outdoor experience. If you’ve been pondering the idea of a fire pit but felt unsure about the safety that comes with it, Spring-Green has you covered.
Commonly Asked Questions About Fire Pit Damage
Can I put my fire pit on my grass? If you want to use portable fire pits on grass, you can. You must follow some easy workarounds to protect your grass and to keep it healthy.. A big concern when using your backyard fire pit is heat stress. This can happen as a result of hot dry conditions in the hottest days of summer as the sun’s rays weaken your lawn’s ability to thrive. Fire pits on your grass can create the same issue if you don’t protect it. Another issue is ghost prints which are when the grass is not recovering quickly from pressure. To avoid heat stress and ghost prints lightly mist the grass surrounding the fire pit with water. Be sure to reapply frequently as the water evaporates.
Do I need to put something underneath my fire pit? Patio slabs are the best surfaces to place your fire pit on. Why? They are flat, stable, and will absorb any heat from the fire pit. They are an excellent option to protect your lawn from becoming scorched. The flat surface also reduces the risk of the grass below it being crushed in the fire pit. Heat shields are another good option if a patio slab doesn’t work. Heat shields can be used on your grass, wooden decks, concrete surfaces, and many other surfaces. Heat shields are portable and easy to assemble. You just place one under the fire pit on a flat surface, and light your fire without worry.
What are the safety steps I should be paying attention to? Anytime you are burning something, you should definitely use safety precautions. Be sure to check your surroundings before you light your fire. Loose branches, debris, and leaf piles can become problematic if too close to your outdoor fire. In addition, the following are some safety protocols to keep in mind when using backyard fire pits.
- Keep things on the level. Make sure the spot you choose for your fire pit is on level ground to avoid the risk of it tipping over.
- Stay with it. Never leave any fire pit unattended, in case something unexpected happens. Be sure to extinguish the fire before going to bed in the evening.
- Pay attention to the family. Keep close supervision of your children and pets in the vicinity of fire pits. This is extremely important on grassed areas as children are playing near the fire.
- Keep water handy just in case. Have water handy in case something goes wrong with your fire. A bucket of water or a hose is good to have on hand just in case.
- Light the fire, but safely. Don’t use lighter fluid or other chemicals to light your fire, as things can get out of control quickly.
Having a fire pit in your backyard is a perfect way to increase your enjoyment after hours in the beautiful outdoors. Just by following a few best practices, there’s no reason you can’t use your portable fire pit and still protect your lawn and be safe. Just take a little extra time and follow the necessary precautions to avoid damage and keep your family safe.
Spring-Green, the lawn care specialist since 1977, is here to support you as you amp up your outdoor enjoyment. Our team of professional lawn care technicians can help you protect your lawn from fire pit damage in addition to all of our other services including lawn care, pest control, and tree and shrub services.