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By Member Jill Sellers
April 25, 2017

With all of the beautiful weather we are anticipating in the near future, the Williston Fire Department is receiving several calls asking about the do’s and don’ts for outdoor fireplaces and pits here in Williston. The city has an ordinance (#967) we refer to when answering your questions.

Here are the highlights:

• Outdoor fireplaces should always have a bowl with supports to ensure enough separation between the burning wood and grass,
brush, or other potential fuel sources.
• Pits should have an enclosure, heavy screen or spark arrestor to control and contain embers and sparks.
• Keep fireplaces and pits at least fifteen (15) feet away from buildings, homes, or lot lines.
• Use fireplaces or pits on a stable level surface, but never use them on a combustible deck, porch or patio.
• Only clean, dry wood is permitted to be burned in fireplaces or pits. No trash, yard waste or construction material should be
burned. If the fireplace is meant to be fueled by propane, only propane should be burned.
• Consider wind direction and neighbor proximity when using a fireplace or pit to help prevent the smoke from being a nuisance
to others.
• It’s always a good idea to notify your neighbors of fireplaces or pits to help prevent accidental injuries.
• Have a fire extinguisher, garden hose or other method of fire control readily available.
• An adult should carefully supervise fireplaces or pits until the fire is completely extinguished.
• Check the National Weather Service if you plan to use a fireplace or fire pit. Never burn when there is a red flag warning issued,
which greatly increases the risk for starting unwanted fires.
• And lastly, please remember to follow manufacturer’s instructions when assembling and operating manufactured outdoor
fireplaces and pits.

Always feel free to call us at 701-572-3400 with any questions you might have about burning, or if you need help choosing the best place for your fireplaces/pits.

 
 
 

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