Important safety tips for using an outdoor fireplace or pizza oven include not using any flammable liquids to start a fire, keeping children and pets away from the open flame and never leaving a fire unattended. Owners of outdoor fireplaces should use the same precautions with any open flame.
For optimal safety, outdoor fire places and ovens should be located far from the house and not near any overhanging trees. Consideration should also be taken for the wood used in these devices. Seasoned hardwood is suggested, and soft woods such as cedar should not be used, as they can pop and produce sparks. Garbage, newspaper, paper, leaves and cardboard should not be used as kindling.
Fireplaces and pizza ovens should be kept clean and should never be overstuffed with fuel. People near the fireplace should refrain from wearing loose-fitting clothing made from flammable materials, such as nylon. The fireplace or wood oven's owner should also be prepared for an emergency by keeping a fire extinguisher, buckets of water or a garden hose near the open flame. Homeowners should also ensure that if a fire pit, fireplace or oven has a lid, it is located near the device and fits completely over the open flame so the fire can be extinguished immediately.