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

Friends roasting marshmallows on a backyard fire pit The backyard fire pit is a renowned and sought-after outdoor section that is utilized to safely confine a fire while at the same time giving warmth and interest. Fire pits come in several different sizes, forms, and materials like stone, brick, metal, and concrete, and add a distinctly attractive atmosphere to an outdoor location, making it feel warmly snug and inviting. At the same time, fire pits can be used to easily extend the use of outdoor living space into the winter months, imparting warmth and comfort.

When giving consent for a fire pit to be built and used at your rental property, there are certain safeguarding measures you can take to protect both your investment and your tenants. These are some of the following:

  • Check local regulations and obtain any compulsory licenses before setting up or using a fire pit.
  • Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby, if there should happen to be an emergency.
  • Build your fire pit in a secure area, at least 10 feet away from trees, structures, and flammable items.
  • Put into use a fire pit screen to safely keep sparks from flying out of the fire pit.
  • Always watch the fire and keep children and pets at a distance from the fire pit.


It is critical to carefully consider that fire pits can be hazardous if not handled rightly and safely. A poorly constructed or positioned fire pit, the improper use of combustible materials, and a lack of oversight can all have devastating consequences. Here is what you should 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 elicit excessive smoke or dangerous fumes.
  • Do NOT leave the fire unwatched, even for an instant.
  • Do NOT overload the fire pit with lots of wood, which can lead to the fire becoming uncontrollable.
  • Do NOT use wet or green wood, which can cause so much harmful smoke and sparks.


One of the major reasons why backyard fire pit safety is crucial is to prevent accidental fires. A stray ember or spark can easily ignite nearby flammable materials, like dry grass, leaves, or wooden structures. Also, strong winds can easily carry embers outside the fire pit and dangerously start a fire in any place in the yard or even in close properties. This can lead to so much property devastation and even loss of life. By paying attention to and putting into practice the do’s and don’ts of backyard fire pits and any local regulations, you can help ensure that your outdoor gatherings are really enjoyable and at the same time risk-free for everyone involved.

At Real Property Management NJ Elite, we understand what it takes to properly protect your real estate investment. Our all-out and professional property management services provide more than decent oversight of your rental homes and can give you total peace of mind. You won’t need to be tormented over your residents incidentally burning your Morristown rental house down when we’re on the job. For more profitable information, please contact us online or call us at 908-955-7487 today!


Originally Published on July 20, 2018

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