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Summer vacation may be stuck in the the backyard this year, but with a fire pit you can still get away from it all—there’s something transporting about sitting around a campfire. Little wonder, then, that during the height of the pandemic lockdown, fire pits were twice as popular in online search as they’ve been in recent years.
We don’t want to toss a wet blanket on your summer fun, but here’s a not-so-fun fact: There are at least 5,300 injuries per year related to fire pits or outdoor heaters that send people to the emergency room, according to 2017 data from the Consumer Products Safety Commission.
So whether you gather around a portable fire pit, a built-in fireplace, a chiminea, or a simple stone-henged hole in the ground, here’s how to play it safe while you’re working on your