What Are Some Common Outdoor Fire Pit Regulations?


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Government ordinances and regulations regarding fire pit usage varies by county and usually include stipulations about fire location. Some local ordinances require recreational fires to be at least 10 to 15 feet away from the closest property line and 25 feet from homes. Some counties regulate fuel area size.

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What Are Some Common Outdoor Fire Pit Regulations?
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In certain localities, residents who purchase a fire pit for home use are required to undergo an official city inspection before being allowed to use it. Recreational burning permits are a response to community complaints about smoke pollution and safety concerns. Many communities are okay with fire pit use as long as fires don't pose a nuisance to neighbors.

Regulations sometimes stipulate that individuals under the age of 18 are not allowed to control the use of a fire pit, and the municipality can also require that fire extinguishers be stationed nearby to handle any out-of-control flames. To avoid accidental fires some cities issue a daily burn index through local fire departments.

Fire pits are safer when sitting on floors and patios made of brick, concrete, gravel or stone. A portable fire pit must never be set up on a wood surface such as a deck, because it poses a serious fire hazard.

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