This is the time of year where we’ve had enough of the indoors.  We’re ready for fresh air and take every opportunity to enjoy warmer temperatures when we can.  After months of hiding from the bitter cold, even a 40 degree day can seem like heaven.

As spring draws near, it’s easy to warm up with a fire pit or patio heater.  Call a few friends or neighbors over for a little gathering and enjoy the company outdoors.  A fire pit is a great idea for your gathering but it is important to be cautious.  When you follow these easy tips, you’ll have a safe place to enjoy your friends without risking a dangerous fire.

First, make sure you understand your city’s laws.  Some cities state that an open flame is for cooking only, must be covered by a grate and attended to at all times.  Other city laws prohibit the use of an open flame.  Call your city government to understand how the law applies to you.

  1. If a fire pit is allowed, do not burn anything other than wood.
  2. Have a bucket of sand on hand to put out the fire when you are finished.
  3. Do not start a fire near your home or any building. Stay clear of trees and bushes as well.
  4. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency.
  5. If there are high winds, do not start a fire.
  6. Keep children and pets away from the flames.
  7. Seating, chairs, and tables should be at least 3 feet away from the flames.
  8. Set your fire pit on cement or rocks. Never place it directly on the grass which could ignite if too dry.
  9. Never leave your fire pit unattended. Even one loose ember can start a fire.
  10. Make sure your fire is completely out before you call it a night. Throw sand on the flames and a couple buckets of water to make sure the flames and hot embers are completely out.

At Restore Pro, we’ve seen the damage a fire can cause when a fire gets out of hand.  If your city does prohibit the use of open flames, consider a propane heater.  While they are not as enjoyable as the smell and sounds of a beautifully built fire, they offer warmth and safety.  You can still enjoy the crisp evening outdoors.  When a fire gets out of control too close to your home, it has the potential to cause massive damage.  Vinyl siding is prone to catch fire quickly and can turn an innocent evening into a disaster.

We hope you never experience a fire of any magnitude.  However, if you do, give us a call.  We have the tools and experience to fully restore your home with our Fire Damage Restoration Services.  We respond to any fire emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you have a fire emergency, call us at 781-664-9800.  We begin working immediately to restore your home back to its original condition.  To learn more about our services you can visit our Facebook page at