Fireplace put on the patio is a popular upgrade for homeowners looking to refresh their outdoor gathering space. This addition has the potential to completely repurpose your patio, and prolong the season of usability. When installing this feature, there are few safety considerations that need to be taken into the account. Check your local codes to ensure it is okay to install it at all. Make sure that the area which will contain the fireplace has adequate ventilation. Have safety equipment close by, just in case there is ever a need to use it.
- Before installing an outdoor fireplace, check local ordinances and, if applicable, your homeowners association.
- Hire a professional contractor for installation, especially if it’s a gas fireplace.
- For safety purposes, keep children, pets and patio furniture at least three feet away from the fireplace.
“A patio fireplace is one of the most requested features when homeowners are designing or updating their outdoor living areas. The growing popularity of fire features is no surprise, since this attractive addition completely changes the atmosphere of your patio and creates a welcoming, warm, more intimate environment for entertaining.”