Fire pit safety for outdoor gatherings

As many families gather outside to reduce COVID risks, there are important things to avoid potential dangers and remain safe if using fire pits.
2:50 | 11/26/20

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We are back now with fire pit safety. With so many families gathering outside this Thanksgiving to reduce their covid risk will reeve is taking a look at some of the potential dangers out there and how you can remain safe. Will, good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning, whit. Happy Thanksgiving. According to the consumer product safety commission there were nearly 3,000 fire pit-related injuries last year, so here now some tips for staying safe while you stay warm winter long. Watch this surveillance footage of a gas fire pit exploding. She got thrown 10, 12 feet in the air over the top of me. Reporter: Keith and his daughter were enjoying the fire pit outside their Florida home last winter but it had no ventilation and exploded tossing them both in the air and scattering debris across their Chloe and I were very fortunate to get out of this incident without serious injury. Or even possibly being killed. Reporter: With families like the fulmers in Pennsylvania buying fire pits during the pandemic -- We would have the opportunity to stayout side longer but also stay warm. Reporter: Fire and health departments across the country posted safety alerts. St. Barnabas hospital in new Jersey says it's seeing a rise in fire pit-related injuries. They're usually below the level of the knee and easy to trip and fall into them. Reporter: To show how it can create a dangerous house fire, Maryland's Montgomery county fire and rescue service conducted a demonstration for "Gma." . A fire pit needs to be 10 to 15 feet away from a combustible item. Reporter: Ws this burns too close to a wall, chairs and holiday decorations and another mistake, it's placed on a wood That fire pit should be on natural grass, dirt or stone patio. Reporter: Within 20 minutes the vinyl siding melting. After 30 minutes the wood wall burping. What occurs is people go to bed at night and leave some embers in there and it still burns. Reporter: Minutes later the decorations catch fire and at 45 minutes the chairs collapse into the fire as the deck burns. Fire pits need to be tended. Need to have space and be used properly. Reporter: Coals and ashes can remain hot enough to start a fire for many days after a fire is out. So whether it's today on Thanksgiving or any point in the future final tips for safety. You want to watch your kids and pets, of course, and then when you're heading in for the night you want to ure your fire is completely out. Do it by using a hose slow and steadily until ashes can be put in a sealed metal container. That's a successful fire and hopefully a safe and happy Thanksgiving to you all, guys. We recently bought one so, will, we appreciate those reminders.

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