What steps can people take to enjoy fire pits safely?

Dr. Stone discusses fire pit safety. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

The summer months are a great time to enjoy cool evenings with friends and families around a fire. Many people now have home-made or store-bought fire pits that they use for these gatherings.

However, without the proper safety precautions, an enjoyable summer night can become dangerous, according to Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians. 

Using flammable liquids to start the fire, having a fire too close to flammable objects, or an unsupervised fire all can be dangerous, according to PPN physicians. When planning to use a fire pit, make sure adults are handling all the flammable liquids and that the fire stays under strict supervision.

PPN physicians also recommend keeping kids and pets at least 3 feet away from the fire. Anyone near the fire should try to avoid wearing flammable clothing, especially nylon and other synthetic fabrics. 

In case there is a burn, people near fire pits should know basic first aid, according to PPN physicians. 

For more information about fire pit safety, talk with your doctor.