Glastonbury Festival is over for another year, Wimbledon is getting underway and high temperatures are forecast. Yes, the British summer is taking place tomorrow, and hopefully the day after…..

And at Grenadier, this year is on track to be our most successful ever for sales of fire pits.

Here are some simple rules to keep everyone safe around your fire pit.

1. Treat a fire pit as you would an open fire, and place it well away from any objects likely to catch fire. In particular avoid trees, hedges, fences and sheds.

2. Do not light it when it is windy. This can quickly make the fire become uncontrollable and cause sparks to be blown a considerable distance.

3. Keep a bucket of water and a hose close by in case of an emergency, and for dowsing the embers at the end of the evening.

4. Do not leave a fire pit unattended. Make sure it is completely extinguished before leaving it. The glowing embers will continue to be a fire hazard long after the flames have subsided.

5. Don’t leave children (or pets) unattended near a fire pit or let then run around or play with it.

6. Do not use flammable liquids to light or relight the fire pit. Build the fire gradually once the kindling is alight. Do not add too much fuel, the fire pit should be burning gently.

Treated with respect, a fire pit can add ambiance to a summer’s evening spent outdoors.

For those people still thinking about purchasing a fire pit, the stylish Earthfire Fire Pit from Grenadier is made from a unique ceramic which will not crack or rust. The ceramic body stores heat and continues to radiate warmth even after the fire itself has burnt out. Supplied with a three-leg stand and ash container,  it is even safe to use on wooden decking.