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OPEN BURN FIRE SAFETY RULES AND BYLAWS!! (7 photos)

OPEN BURN FIRE SAFETY RULES AND BYLAWS!! (7 photos)

Hi guys!! 😊😊😊

'Cuz it is the summertimes and lots'nlots of peoples like to make firegoblins (* this is what Archie calls a nice, controlled fire) in their 'roundthebackyards, now is the perfectal times for talking 'bout 'zackly what the rules are and stuff!! 

Every city has different rules, butt I am gonna tell you alla 'bout what the rules are for my London, Ontario. If you live someplace else, then write to your local Fire Departemnt, or check online at your City's website!!  

Okeedoke!! Let's get down to tacky brassparts!! 

This post is alla 'bout 'roundthebackyard "open burn" FIRE CONTAINERS like FIRE PITS, FIRE PLACES, CHIMENEAS plus WOOD BURNING OVENS and stuff. They all HAVE to meet the City of London bylaws for your safety, plus the safetiness of your neighbours too, K? K!! 


To report a complaint about a backyard fire pit,
call 519-661-4565 Monday-Friday between 8 am-4:30 pm or
outside of these hours, please contact the non-emergency communications line at 519-661-5615

Call 9-1-1 to report an out of control fire in a fire pit.


Rules for Outdoor Fire Containers

Any person that sets any open-air fire is required to:

  1. allow an Officer, at any reasonable time, to inspect the location or proposed location of the fire;
  2. be the legal property owner or have written owner consent;
  3. have a suitable means of extinguishment available while the fire is burning;
  4. ensure it does not create a nuisance;
  5. ensure it is constantly attended;
  6. completely extinguish the fire before leaving the burn site;
  7. prevent the potential spread of fire.
  8. only burn commercially produced charcoal, briquettes, or clean, dry seasoned wood;
  9. Do NOT burn:
    • Wood that is painted, treated or contains glue or resin
    • Wood from a different location, region or province
    • Wet or green/fresh cut wood
    • Yard waste (cut grass or leaves)
    • Garbage
    • Rubber or plastic
    • Furniture

Burn it where you buy it

Did you know!!?? Firewood from different places (regions or provinces) can spread unwanted pests and diseases like Dutch elm disease!! Yup!! The firewood you chose can hurt our local leafytree, so always 'member The Naturemama too, and burn it where you buy it, guys!!


Never Turn your Back on a "FireGoblin"

Most importantal is that you neverever leave your FireGoblin alone, guys!! EVEREVER!!
Turning your back onna FireGoblin is the worstest, 'cuz if you let them, FireGoblins will do their bestest to turn into a *FIREMONSTER!! (* A FireMonster is what Archie calls an out-of-control fire) Yup!! Truestory FireMonsters are sooperscary!! They can eat your house or hurt you real bad, so make sure they are under control at all times!! Seriousface!! ..........

Here are more 'portant rules for brainlearning!!

The Open Air Burning By-law states that a person may set a fire in an outdoor fire container between 4:00 PM and midnight, if:

  1. the fire container is made from non- combustible material;
  2. the fire is no larger than 46 cm wide by 46 cm long by 30 cm high;
  3. it is at least 4 metres / 13.12 feet from any building, structure, property line, tree, hedge, fence, roadway, overhead wire or other combustible articles; 
  4. the container must NOT be under any trees, branches, plants or other materials that can catch fire.
  5. the re container is placed on a non- combustible surface that extends beyond the container at least as far as the container is high.

Got it, guys!!?? To make SURE your FireGoblin doesn't start trouble, you have to make sure it does not get too big, plus that it is wayfaraways from anything it can eat (burn), K? K!!

Think some thinkingthoughts 'bout that!! We all know somebuddy who has a 'roundthebackyard fire container, butt are they following the rules? Is their FireGoblin more than ELEVENTY FEET away from basically anythings?? If you said "NOPE", then now is the time to brainlearn them too!!

Consider your neighbours

Let's not forget 'bout everybuddy who lives close to you too!! Did you know!!??...

  • Smoke from fire pits can cause adverse health effects in some people. Be aware of neighbours that may be negatively impacted by exposure to smoke from outdoor fire pits and follow the bylaws related to smoke. 
  • Before using your fire pit, familiarize yourself with optimal wind conditions and take precautions to prevent smoke from disturbing your neighbours.
  • High wind speeds may send smoke long distances or pose a fire hazard.
  • Low wind speeds won’t easily disperse smoke and can contribute to poor air quality.
  • Placing a metal grill/screen on top of the fire pit reduces the flame's size and helps prevent sparks and embers from escaping and igniting nearby materials.
  • Be aware of the amount noise you are making and be sure to follow the noise bylaw. 

Yard Waste

Just so's you know, guys:
BURNING YARD WASTE IS A VIOLATION! Yup!! There are waymore environmentally responsible ways to get rid of yard waste, like composting or taking it to City EnviroDepots, plus there is a seasonal curbside pickup too!! For more information, check your ‘waste collection calendar’ or visit london.ca and search ‘yard materials’. You will see!! 

Now let's have a real good looksee at how MOST peoples get into trouble - so you don't have to!!

All set!!?? Does everybuddy know all the rules and stuff!!?? Okeedoke!! Then now is a perfectal time for making your very own FireGoblin that you, plus all of your friendlypals can enjoy!!

'Member, guys: these rules are not trying to mess with your HappyFunTimes!! Nope!! Not even!! They are rules so that you, plus everybuddy you care 'bout can have lots'nlots of SOOPERSAFE HAPPYFUNTIMES!! Yes!! Plus take it from me, Fire Safety Dog Archie Brindleton...

SOOPERSAFE FUN IS THE FUNNIST FUN THERE IS!! 

Shanksh, everybuddy!! If you know anybuddy who you think needs to do some brainlearning 'bout our OPEN BURN BY-LAWS, send this post to them, 'cuz SHARING IS CARING, guys!! 

See you latertimes!! 😊💜


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