Tonight’s All About the Safe Operation of Your Fire Pit in Fairfax

Veneered Block Wall, Fire pit & Patio | Fairfax VA

Fall is your favorite season of all; the days are warm, but the nights are crisp. Wrapped up in a cozy sweater as soon as the sun goes down, all you want to do is sit outside as a cool breeze blows through the trees, the faintest glimmer of stars twinkling in the night sky above.

With a warm beverage, and marshmallows for roasting, yep, tonight’s all about the fire pit. You can’t wait to light that fire, but first, heed a few important tips:

Keep and care for your wood-burning fire pit in Fairfax.

Lighting your fire pit

  • Ensure the area surrounding your fire pit is clear of flammable materials. A minimum of five-feet’s break in vegetation will help prevent spreading in the unfortunate event of an escaped fire.
  • Always check the wind direction before you light a fire, and remove from the area downwind anything that is, or might be flammable.
  • If the night is too windy, do not light your fire pit.
  • Never use lighter fluid to light a wood-burning fire pit in Fairfax, Virginia. Instead, use a commercially approved fire starter or kindling. Likewise, do not stoke already lit flames with flammable liquids.
  • Only use the amount of starter + wood you need to keep the fire burning gently.

Using your fire pit

  • Never leave a fire pit unattended. Nor should you leave children or pets alone near a lit fire pit in northern Virginia.
  • Ask Grigg Design about a wire mesh cover for your wood-burning fire pit. Such a cover will keep hot embers inside the fire pit, and little fingers or furry tails out.
  • Never put garbage or paper products into the fire. These items are often filled with volatile chemicals that spark easily.
  • Don’t wear flammable or loose-fitting clothes near the fire pit.
  • Burn only dry, hardwood in the fire pit. Softer woods like pine or cedar burn quickly, which can cause flames that pop and spark.

Extinguishing your fire pit

  • Extinguish the fire with water. Drown the fire, and if necessary, cover with dirt to ensure the flames are fully subdued.
  • Dispose of the ashes safely. Consider using a discarded metal coffee can to allow the ashes to cool for two or three days; before this time, they may still be hot enough to cause a fire, and so disposal in a compost pile, a cardboard box, or anything combustible might be a recipe for disaster.

Interested in having a fire pit installed in your backyard?

For nearly 30 years, we have been providing award winning hardscape designs and installations to clients in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William County and the surrounding areas. Ask around, and your neighbors will tell you:

When the question is fire pit installation in Fairfax VA, the answer is Grigg Design.


Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off to summer. It brings in barbeques, pool parties, and late night festivities with your friends, family, and neighbors. It’s one of our favorite times of the year in northern Virginia! And after you’ve spent several weeks sprucing up the backyard or building your new patio, it’s time to really celebrate in style. But when planning your big kick-off celebration, make sure you take these following safety tips into consideration, so the fun isn’t put on hold to address an emergency situation.

  1. Keep your grill on a level surface and away from your house, garage, mulch and other flammable objects. You want the fire to stay where you put it, not destroy your home!
  2. While grilling, consider an apron to keep grease off your clothes, and use utensils with long handles. Keep these out of reach from small children or guests who’ve maybe had a bit too much to drink.
  3. If using charcoal, properly extinguish the flames once you’re finished grilling. Break up the embers with a long stick or grilling tool and cover the grill to cut off the oxygen supply. You can also slowly sprinkle small amounts of water on the coals to put out the flames.
  4. Always use goggles or protective sunglasses when using lawn power tools to clean up the yard. Put away all tools in a shed or closed off area, so the temptation to play with them is eliminated.
  5. If you need to dig a hole in the backyard to install a deck or fence, or for a planting project, call your local utility company to ensure you won’t inadvertently hit an underground gas or power line.
  6. Consider installing a fence around your in-ground pool for optimal safety. Most safety experts recommend the fence be at least four feet high and have latches out of the reach of children.
  7. Put away any toys or trippable objects that may be around the pool so no one takes an accidental dip.
  8. Always have adult supervision when children are swimming.
  9. If you do not have a fence, and want to keep people out of the pool, look into purchasing a sturdy pool cover.
  10. Inspect any playground equipment for protruding nails or screws, as well as wood rot and loose anchors. Make any needed repairs before the party.

Have ample sunscreen, bug spray, and water on hand. The summer temperatures can climb quickly, causing burns or dehydration. Simple preparations can keep the party going long after the sun goes down.