Community Tips

father and son sitting next to a fire pit

Time to toast some marshmallows around your outdoor fire pit

There’s nothing more relaxing and soothing than sitting around a warm fire with friends and family, and with the cooler weather it’s the perfect time – before spring arrives and it starts to warm up again.

Sitting by an open fire is many people's idea of a perfect winter evening, and let’s face it, who doesn’t love a toasted marshmallow! But there are even more good reasons for doing this. It’s a great way to connect, socialise and relax, but it has unexpected additional benefits too.

A study from the University of Alabama has shown that sitting next to a log fire can cause blood pressure to lower, improve mood and even make us more sociable. The longer the study participants watched a fire, the more relaxed they became.

Gathering around a fire is a fun and easy social activity for people of all ages. Obviously, there are some rules you have to follow when you are making a fire, especially when there are children around.


  • Use level ground
  • Keep at least 3 metres away from plants/other flammable objects
  • Keep a bucket of sand or hose nearby in case of emergency
  • Don’t use a wood-burning fire pit on a deck
  • Educate your family, especially kids, about fire safety
  • Stick to your local fire safety laws