Calgarians are reminded to use fire pits in a safe and responsible manner
Summer is a time to be outdoors, and The City of Calgary is reminding citizens using outdoor fire pits, outdoor fire places or portable fire receptacles to enjoy them in a safe and responsible manner.
“Sitting around a fire is a popular summer activity, but we want to make sure everyone stays safe this summer,” says Public Information Officer Carol Henke, Calgary Fire Department. “Keeping fires to a manageable size, having something close at hand to extinguish the fire, and ensuring a fire is always supervised are easy ways to prevent a fire from getting out-of-hand and leading to disastrous results.”
Fire pits, outdoor fire places and portable fire receptacles are a part of the Community Standards Bylaw, which is in place to help keep Calgary beautiful, healthy and safe for all citizens to enjoy. Things to remember when using fire-pit types of devices in your yard include:
-Ensure the fire does not exceed 1 metre at its widest point and is at least two metres from any house, garage or similar structure.
-Only burn clean, dry firewood. Do not burn wet or fresh cut wood, yard waste or wood that has been treated.
-Always have a way to put out the fire nearby, such as a watering hose or bucket of water.
-Ensure the fire is always supervised.
-Fires may only be burned in fire pits between 10 a.m. and 1 a.m.
-Always check calgary.ca/firebans to ensure no fire bans are in effect before using a fire pit
Citizens with concerns or a complaint about a back yard fire should contact 311 or call 9-1-1 to report an out-of-control fire in a backyard.
Visit calgary.ca/firepits for the most up-to-date information and safety tips on backyard fire pits, outdoor fire places and portable fire receptacles.