Tips For a Safe and Legal Fire Pit

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Tips For a Safe and Legal Fire Pit

Who doesn’t agree that a backyard fire pit is a perfect way to enjoy the outdoors? And how can a backyard party be complete without a fire pit.

However, fire pits can be dangerous. In Edmonton, they are regulated under the Community Standards Bylaw.

Here is what the City Of Edmonton recommends for a safe and legal fire pit.

Building a Proper Fire Pit

Within Edmonton city limits, fire pits must:

  • Be at least 3 meters (10 feet) from buildings, property lines anything else that could catch fire
  • Be less than 0.6 meters (2 feet) high
  • Be less than 1 meter (3 feet) wide
  • Have enclosed sides made of bricks, concrete or heavy-gauge metal
  • Have a mesh screen on top to stop sparks (spark-arrestor) with openings smaller than 1.25 centimeters (1/2 inch)

Burning the Proper Fuels

The only things that can be burned in an outdoor fire pit are:

  • Clean (non-treated), dry wood
  • Charcoal

The only things that can be burned in an outdoor fire place are:

  • Preservative-free wood or wood products

Burning yard waste, garbage, paper or anything that might create too much smoke or toxic smoke is prohibited.


 Important Tips on Fire Pit Safety

  1. Before lighting your outdoor fire, make sure to check the weather forecast. Avoid windy conditions that can blow embers.
  2. Stay up to date on any fire bans!
  3. Clean up around your fire pit, picking up leaves and any other combustible materials.
  4. Have a garden hose on standby before starting your fire!

If you don’t have a security system, if your security system is not monitored, or if you are unhappy with your current security provider, call me for a free, no-obligation consultation. You’ll be glad you did!

Ulli Robson, Security Specialist, 780-288-2986