Chineneas are basically fireplaces that stand on their own and look quite a lot like a pot. They are usually an outdoor accessory to make chilly nights enjoyable in the open. Moreover, along with giving a warm feeling, they also add an aesthetically pleasing touch to your outdoor. With equipment comes a series of warnings. Although chinemeas are relatively safe to use, there are a few things that must be kept in mind in order to avoid any untoward incident.
Safety Check List
Keep track of the following and you can use your chimenea without any apprehensions.
- Safety rules and regulations vary from area to area. It is not legally allowed to burn a fire in the open in some areas. Check for all such rules beforehand to avoid paying fines or getting into trouble. Although chimeneas are self-reliant, there are still some areas where they are prohibited. On the other hand, there are areas where they are allowed despite a ban on fire pits.
- Guide books and safety rule books come with every appliance for a reason. Go through it and act accordingly. They can be of great help with respect to the safety of the people as well as of the equipment.
- You must have an idea in your mind as to where you want to place your chimenea. However, make sure there are no branches hanging over the area or other greenery such as shrubs nearby that might catch fire because of wind blowing. In case there are and you have already placed your fire pot there, it will be a hassle to move it especially if it is made of cast iron which can make it pretty heavy.
- Wherever you place your chimenea, make sure it is flat or make it flat if it is not. This will ensure that it does not fall over and break or damage.
- Follow the guidelines given in order to assemble the chimenea. When you get it delivered, make sure that you put it close to the place where you intend to keep it. A garden storage is a good place from where you can easily access it. Moreover, you may call a friend to help with the assembling or ask the company person who has come to deliver it, help you with it.
- Check for a spark guard that should accompany your fire pit.
- Furthermore, chimeneas get hot irrespective of the material it is made of. Make sure kids and pets are at a safe distance. To ensure that, you can arrange for a screen to put around it. Also, for your own safety, keep tongs or other such tools to avoid any burns.
- Keep sufficient water nearby to use in case of any emergency.
- Avoid using petrol or similar things to ignite the fire. It can prove to be very dangerous. You may use firelighters instead. It also gives off an agreeable smell when burnt.
Irrespective of what type of fireplace you are using, taking precautionary measures is always recommended for the safety of your family and your house.