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SERVPRO's Backyard Fire Safety

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Please follow these backyard firepit safety tips to ensure your evening is safe and fun.

Nothing beats sitting around the backyard firepit with your family and friends swapping stories and roasting marshmallows. SERVPRO of Calgary South and the City of Calgary have a few tips and tricks to make your fire safe and fun for you and your community.

Calgary By-law firepit hours: 10 am – Midnight (until 1 am on Friday and Saturday)

  • Always check to see if there is a fire ban in effect. Lately we have seen Alberta face many wildfires and fire bans are for everyone’s safety.
  • Know who to call.
    1. 3-1-1 = to report a complaint about a backyard fire (noise, size, etc.)
    2. 9-1-1 = to report an out of control fire.
  • Backyard firepits should be built on a flame-resistant surface such as the ground, brick, or stone. Portable firepits should never be placed directly on a wooden deck.
  • Firepits should be at least 2 meters (about 6 feet) away from your property line and any structures (garage, house, tree, etc.)
  • Keep fires to a reasonable and manageable size and use a mesh screen to reduce flying embers and the spreading of sparks.
  • Only burn clean/dry wood. Do not burn painted or treated wood, wet/green wood, backyard waste, grass clippings, garbage. Only burn wood from Alberta, never transport wood across borders to reduce the spread of disease and parasites.
  • Do not leave a fire unattended and always have an extinguish strategy close by (a bucket of water or a garden hose will work).
  • Be courteous to your neighbours. Watch where your smoke is going and be wary of your noise levels, quiet hour in Calgary is 10 pm.

For more please visit the City of Calgary’s website @ https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Fire/Pages/Safety-tips/Safety-tips-home/Fire-pits.aspx

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