Now that the final stretch of summer is upon us, we’re all more eager than ever to spend our time enjoying the warmer weather in the garden. Naturally, BBQs and fire pits come hand in hand with a British summer, but when it comes to your composite fencing, how safe are they to have around? At North Valley Composites, we’re the UK’s leading supplier of premium quality, 3D textured composite fencing and gate boards, so if you need answers to questions about looking after your composite fencing, you’re in exactly the right place! We’re here to clear up any questions, queries and qualms you may have about BBQs, fire pits and your composite fencing. So in the interest of a fun and safe summer, here are a few things to keep in mind! BBQ’s, fire pits and composite fencing To answer the question, ‘Can I use my BBQ or fire pit near my composite fencing?’ The answer is: yes, of course, you can, but it’s wise to exercise responsibility and caution when doing so. Like all other fencing that isn’t made of metal or stone, fire and extreme heat can seriously threaten the aesthetic value, functionality and overall lifespan of your composite fencing. That’s why it’s essential to always keep a safe distance from your composite fencing when you’re BBQing or sitting around the fire pit – especially if you’re using them for extended periods. Never leave a fire unattended Never leave a fire unattended, even if it is contained to the BBQ or the fire pit. Most heat-related damage doesn’t come from being ill-informed or negligent; it comes from momentarily taking your eyes off the fire and leaving it unattended. Even if you think you’ll only be two minutes, leaving an active fire unattended in your garden is not worth the risk. So to avoid any unwanted damage, say, the wind picking up or another item catching fire in the garden, always ensure that someone is around to mitigate any potential problems before they arise. Adding a heat mat under your BBQ and around your fire pit is also a great idea for an added layer of protection. That way, the surrounding areas are far less likely to catch or sustain any damage if hot coals or fire escape from either appliance. Fire safety tips for the BBQ or fire pit It’s always a good idea to keep a bucket of water or sand nearby in case of any fire emergencies. This precautionary measure can help quell fires if they get out of control, including those caused by BBQs and fire pits. It’s also essential to ensure the BBQ has completely cooled down before moving it near your composite fencing. Even if the fire has gone out, the heat from the coal and embers can still damage your fencing as BBQs and fire pits can stay incredibly hot for hours after they go out. It’s always worth double-checking that everything is as it should be before leaving the garden to go back inside – even if it’s just for peace of mind! That’s our BBQ and fire pit crash course for keeping your composite fencing safe and pristine! As long as you follow these tips, you’ll be ready to go ahead with those garden party plans. And if reading this has made you consider composite fencing for last-minute summer spruce-up, you’re in the right place! At North Valley Composites, we have a wide variety of composite fencing to choose from, so there’s something to fit every style! Moreover, our composite comes in many stylish shades, such as Golden Oak, Driftwood, and Black Ash. If you have any questions about our ranges or need help deciding, that’s what we’re here for. Get in touch with our friendly team on 01282 677300, and we’ll be happy to assist you!