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The Do’s and Don’ts of Fire Pits Built by Your Winooski Residents

Friends roasting marshmallows on a backyard fire pit The backyard fire pit is a sought-after outdoor element that is devised to cautiously and safely confine a fire while additionally endowing warmth and appeal like a magnet. Fire pits come in a mixture of sizes, forms, and materials, for example, stone, brick, metal, and concrete, and add a distinctly attractive atmosphere to an outdoor location, making it feel comfortably snug and inviting. Furthermore, fire pits can be effectively used to extend the use of outdoor living space far into the winter months, adding warmth and comfort.

When permitting a fire pit to be laid on at your rental property, there are particular actions you can take to protect both your investment and your tenants. These are some of the few:

  • Check and ask about local regulations and obtain any important licenses before putting up or using a fire pit.
  • Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby, if an emergency comes about.
  • Build your fire pit in a secure area, at least 10 feet away from trees, structures, and flammable items.
  • Make certain to use a fire pit screen to avoid sparks from flying out of the fire pit.
  • Always be in control of the fire and keep children and pets at a cautious distance from the fire pit.


It is pertinent to always remember that fire pits can be hazardous if not handled very well and with care. A poorly constructed or positioned fire pit, the mistaken use of combustible materials, and a lack of oversight can all have devastating consequences. Here is what you should always make sure NOT to do:

  • Do NOT use gasoline, kerosene, or any other accelerants to start or maintain the fire.
  • Do NOT burn trash, leaves, or other materials that produce excessive smoke or fumes.
  • Do NOT leave the fire unmanned, even for a minute.
  • Do NOT overload the fire pit with a whole lot of wood, which can cause the fire to become hard to manage.
  • Do NOT use wet or green wood, which can bring on so much disturbing smoke and sparks.


One of the primary reasons why backyard fire pit safety is critical is to keep off accidental fires. A stray ember or spark can, right away, ignite nearby flammable materials, for instance, dry grass, leaves, or wooden structures. Also take note, strong winds can carry embers outside the fire pit and, indeed, start a fire outside in the yard, or even with surrounding properties. This can develop into massive property devastation and even loss of life. By sticking to the do’s and don’ts of backyard fire pits and any local regulations, you can help establish that your outdoor gatherings are incredibly enjoyable and safe for everyone involved.

At Real Property Management Sterling, we appreciate what it takes to protect and keep secure your real estate investment. Our expansive and professional property management services render precise and careful oversight of your rental homes and can give you total peace of mind. You won’t need to be upset and anxious about your residents suddenly burning your Winooski rental house down when we’re on the job. For more much-needed information, please contact us online or call us at 802-861-6468 today!

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