A grill and a deck are the only two essential components for the typical American outdoor living area. However, did you ever intend to be ordinary? The best improvement you can make to your backyard is a swimming pool, by far. But like water features, fire features add to the aesthetic and emotional appeal (see Part 1). Of course, a fire feature will also raise risk and require more care, much like your pool. But if you’re ready for it, you can easily steer clear of any potential issues that can arise when using fire features.
Fire Feature Regulations
Be sure to check with your local authorities before you start making plans to include a fire element in your poolside patio. Some municipalities have special rules regulating open flames. If your city requires you to obtain a permit before installing your new fire feature, inquire with your local fire marshal or fire department; failing to do so could result in fines. A typical permit would contain weather restrictions and other safety considerations; windy days might make your fire a hazard to your neighbors.
You should get in touch with your house insurance company in addition to your local government agencies. Your homeowners insurance policy can compel you to report your fire feature if your neighborhood is at risk for wildfires, and higher premiums might follow.
Make safety your top priority when you select the right place for your new fire feature. Location has a significant impact on the dangers of any open fire. Make sure the ground is level and solid, free from any overhanging trees, roofs, or other structures, and an open fire should always be facing the sky.
Additionally, you should make sure that the place where the fire feature will be installed is not a natural path to the pool or any other locations where kids or other people may be playing or running around. Make sure the fire feature is at least 10 to 20 feet away from any combustible materials and any flammable natural features, such as trees or buildings.
Rules for Usage
You should be proactive in setting expectations for conduct around your new fire feature, just like you would with your swimming pool. One recommendation we have is to always keep a garden hose or fire extinguisher close by when the fire feature is lit. Never allow combustible liquids (like lighter fluid) to be used to ignite a fire on a windy day. Anyone stoking the fire should be dressed in fitted attire made of materials that aren’t particularly combustible. At all times, never leave a fire unattended by an adult.
When it’s time to put out a fire, make sure it is fully out; to completely put out any smoldering embers, first let the flames die down and then pour water over the coals.
Continue reading with Part 3.
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