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