Ohio.com staff

BATH TWP. – As the weather cools down, gathering family and friends around a fire pit is a great way to enjoy conversation and camaraderie. However, Bath Fire Chief Walt Hower is urging residents to use caution and to recognize the potential dangers with fire pits.


“In the past two months, our department has responded to two fires caused by outdoor fire pits being used on wooden decks,” said Hower. “Both of the fires occurred in the middle of the night when the occupants were sleeping.”


In both instances, the fire pits had been placed on wooden decks. The residents had burned wood in the pits earlier in the evening, put out the fires and went to bed, thinking all was safe. Hours later, fires erupted.


“One fire involved the residence and all of the occupants got out safely,” said Hower. “The other fire involved only the deck, but in both instances there was the potential for disaster.”


Hower wants to stress that when using these types of potable fire pits, residents need to:


* read all of the warnings and instructions associated with the fire pit and follow those instructions;


* do not use these fire pits near any combustible materials, such as wood, dry grass, mulch, etc.; and


* only burn dry wood.


Don’t turn a fun gathering around a fire pit into a frightening and dangerous experience. Be alert to the potential danger with any fire.


The devastation seen here was the result of using a fire pit on a wooden deck.