With family or friends, gathering around an outdoor fire is synonymous with good times. When night falls, the courtyard or the terrace becomes a place to talk. To the wonderment of the little ones in front of the flames that waltz to the rhythm of laughter and roasted marshmallows. We put on little jackets and blankets, the evening promises to be festive!
Are you thinking of creating a fireplace? Think safety first, then enjoy it to the fullest.
Follow the Rules
Gone are the days when fires were built in our old open tubs. Today, laws are in place to ensure the safety of you, your home and your neighbors. Before you buy or build your outdoor fireplace, be sure to find out what the rules are in your municipality. In some large cities, for example, wood-burning fireplaces may be prohibited.
Choose your Fuel
Do you prefer the soothing crackle of wood or the easy flame of propane and ethanol? Find out what’s allowed and choose the best option for your location and use. All fuels have their advantages and disadvantages.
Wood burning fireplaces
- The crackle that warms the soul
- Easy access to wood
- The accessibility to get them in store
- The smoke that blows our face
- Embers that can burn anything nearby
- The maintenance that they require (frequent replenishment of wood, stirring of embers, etc.)
Gas or propane fireplaces
- Easy to light up
- Easy to maintain
- Several design models to add to your backyard decor
- Certain models can be installed on a patio
- Installation according to the very strict standards of the manufacturer
- Their cost
- Very trendy
- Consume organic products
- The amazing blue flame
- Are mostly portable
- Their higher costs
- Rather considered as decorative elements than as real heat sources
Think About the Location
You will likely want to place your fireplace in a place where several people will be able to benefit from it. But be careful! Beyond the aesthetic and welcoming aspect of the matter, you must focus on safety. Make sure it is at least 3 meters away from your house, your garage and trees. If you have opted for a portable fireplace, place it on the concrete, stone, gravel or flagstone of your patio, but avoid putting it on your wooden deck. If you have chosen a permanent installation for your fireplace, it should be built on gravel and surrounded by stones covered with a lid.
The Key Word: Caution!
Finally, when lighting your new fireplace, take these few precautions:
- Do not use gasoline as an accelerant
- Do not burn garbage or other materials that may contain chemicals
- Avoid making a fire when it’s windy
- Always supervise children and pets
- Keep the garden hose or a bucket of water nearby
- Never leave the fire unattended
- Always turn off the fire before going to bed
- Respect the open fire bans issued by your municipality during the dry season
On this note, we wish you a sweet and pleasant season, to share by the fire.
The Lussier Dale Parizeau team reminds you to be extra careful when renewing your home insurance contract by opting for fire protection on your home and your furniture. This coverage is particularly important, as is civil liability, especially if the fire spreads to other people’s property.