Artist and founder of Glowbus®
It has been said that the language of the Inuit in the far north has 50 different words for ‘snow’. Each with its own meaning, often linked to the danger or seriousness of the snowfall. The Scots even have 421 words for the various types of ‘snow’. In fact, we should also have 50 words for fire, because fire has many shapes. From burning candles to blazing infernos and everything in between. The danger of fire is mostly related to the shape of the fire or the phase it is in. And to the surroundings, because that is often determining the shape and the force of the fire. “50 shades of fire” if you will. It would make the introduction of ‘fire’ to our children a lot easier, because not all fires are equally dangerous.
Customers sometimes ask me how they should fire up a fire pit. This question also makes me realize how much we have estranged from ‘fire’ in our society. It is the same estranged which turns fire into an unpredictable monster. Do not get me wrong, fire can be extremely dangerous. In a previous life, I was active in a circus and I performed theater and acrobatics with fire. Professionally, I have been working with fire for almost 20 years and in all those years I have found it is that very estrangement which causes ‘fire’ to be so dangerous. Things go wrong when people are not capable to accurately assess the danger of fire, when they do not know how to properly start a fire and how to extinguish it. Moreover, a lack of knowledge about fire makes the fire respond differently than expected, increasing stress, and causing panic. Precisely the two things you should avoid when dealing with fire because it causes you to make mistakes and that is when things go wrong.
I am a father of three young children myself and I intentionally choose to properly educate them about fire. Compare it to traffic. Traffic is also extremely dangerous, but it becomes less dangerous once you know the traffic rules and your judgement gets better. The same applies to fire. I teach my children to handle fire very carefully, because that will keep them safer than not educating them about fire at all. I teach them what is possible and what is not, and how they can keep themselves safe.
Of course, also the surrounding and the fire pit you use play a large role in the safety of your children. A rickety lightweight fire pit on a couple of crooked terrace tiles is a recipe for accidents. When designing the Glowbus® Dewdrop collection, we have paid incredible attention to the safety of the entire family.
Give your children a proper education about fire and introduce them to fire in a safe environment, always under supervision of a responsible adult (who knows what he is doing). Lack of knowledge of fire means more danger, so protect your children and teach them to handle fire safely. Just as you would in traffic. First look to the left, then to the right, and then cross the street.
And if you are interested in a design fire pit which gives you and your children maximum enjoyment of a crackling fire? Discover our Glowbus® Dewdrop collection. See you soon!