With cold weather making outdoor socialization more difficult, many are turning to fire pits to stay warm. Michael Uttaro, the assistant chief fire marshal for Nassau County, New York, says that common sense is key. Don’t put it on a wooden deck, which could catch fire, and watch out for hot embers blowing around. Keep children and pets at a safe distance. If you’re in a tent, use an electrical heater instead of an open flame. At all times, be mindful of hanging items like drapes or decorations.