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5 Things You Should Never Burn in Your Outdoor Fire Pit

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

Having a fire pit outdoors is a great amenity to have year-round. It provides warmth when it is cold, as well as serves as a heat source for cooking. It is safe to say that most of us have had fun while sitting around a fire pit, but there are some safety aspects that you should consider, such as things that you should not burn. Here are 5 things you should never burn in your outdoor fire pit. 

Treated Wood

Treated wood is full of chemicals. By burning treated wood, you are releasing chemicals into the air. This can be harmful for you to breathe in, as well as harmful for the environment overall.

Railroad Ties

Although you can often find railroad ties just laying around, it is best to avoid them. The chemicals in railroad ties are extremely toxic. By breathing them in, you could be putting yourself in serious danger.


Plastic can be found everywhere, so it may seem simple to toss it into your fire pit to get rid of it. This is not a good idea. Like railroad ties, plastic also releases toxins when burned.

Yard Waste

Yard waste, such as leaves and grass, produce lots of ashes when burned. Putting this into the air is not ideal for the environment.


It is likely that your garbage is composed of many of the items listed above. By avoiding burning trash, you are also avoiding burning things like plastic and yard waste. This prevents you from putting toxins into your air.

Make sure that you are being conscious about what you are burning. It could be harmful to you and the environment. To put your safety first, always burn natural wood. And remember, if a disaster ever strikes, call SERVPRO. We are faster to any disaster.

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