A fireplace or fire pit can add comfort and aesthetic appeal to your home. However, you need to consider certain critical factors when purchasing one.
For example, if you own a dog, you want to be certain your pet will be safe when near your fire pit or fireplace. An active dog can easily harm themselves by running near the flames.
Luckily, there are many ways you can keep your pet free from harm while your fireplace is running. Options include the following:
Buy an Electric Fireplace
There isn’t one single type of fireplace you can purchase. For instance, while some fireplaces burn wood to create actual flames, others are actually just electric heaters. Their facades resemble the flames and logs of a real fireplace, ensuring they’re just as pleasing to the eye.
This type of fireplace is naturally safer than a fireplace that requires real flames. It’s an option worth considering not only if you have a dog, but if you have children too. With an electric fireplace, you also tend to have a greater degree of control over the heat your fireplace generates.
True, many electric fireplaces have only one setting, but the heat they generate is usually less intense than the heat an actual fireplace can potentially give off. It’s enough to keep you comfortable without being unmanageable. It’s also possible to run some electric fireplaces without any heat. They can simply give off a pleasant glow.
Create a Boundary
An electric fireplace is an option to keep in mind if you plan on installing your fireplace indoors. However, you may have your heart set on an outdoor fire pit instead.
Obviously, the best way to keep your dog injury-free when the fire pit is running is to simply keep them inside. That said, you might understandably want your dog to be allowed to join you and your family when you’re relaxing outside with the fire pit on.
If so, consider building a fence or similar barrier around the fire pit. Your barrier should be made from a material that can withstand the heat of a fire pit, such as brick, and it also needs to be at least 10 feet from the fire pit itself. This shouldn’t be a problem, as you’ll want your barrier to be far enough away from the fire pit that you can sit around it comfortably. It’s a good idea to research any local laws, codes, and ordinances governing fire pit usage as well.
Keep an Extinguisher Nearby
Many fireplaces and fire pits allow you to exercise some control over the size of the fire. You should keep your fires small when a dog is around.
It’s also smart to have some form of extinguisher on hand when running your fireplace or fire pit. You want to be able to put out the fire quickly and thoroughly if your dog begins to approach it. Ask your fireplace supplier to recommend the best extinguisher for the type of fireplace or fire pit you choose to buy.
Keep the Dog Away for 24 Hours
This tip is particularly important to remember if you purchase or own a fireplace or fire pit that burns logs. When you extinguish the fire, dowse it with water, and carefully check for any embers that may still be burning.
Be aware that your fire pit or fireplace will often still be quite hot even after the fire is extinguished. Experts recommend keeping pets and small children away from a recently extinguished fire for 24 hours.
Keep in mind, merely reading this blog isn’t enough to guarantee your dog will never be harmed as a result of being near your fire pit. That isn’t meant to discourage you from purchasing one! You simply need to take all necessary steps to keep your pet safe. These tips will help.