Before doing anything, check with your local municipal authorities to make sure it is legal to have an open fire in your neighborhood. When building a fire pit, you need to be absolutely sure you’re building it in an area of your property that is safe for you and your neighbors. Keep in mind how the wind can blow the smoke and sparks around, so don't put the fire pit too close to doors or windows. Leave room to walk around the pit and be sure it's not near plants, fences, buildings or structures that could be potential fire hazards. Generally, fire pits should be at least 10’ from nearby structures.
Closely supervise children and pets around your fire pit to prevent fire accidents.
Never leave a fire unattended. Sparks can blow onto surrounding leaves and grass and quickly spread.
Check weather reports for potential instances of high wind.
Always keep a garden hose or bucket of water nearby to extinguish errant flames in case of emergency.