LETHBRIDGE - Sitting around a backyard fire pit can be an enjoyable thing to do on a
summer evening, but there are some rules you need to follow so the fire
department doesn't show up.
The fire needs to be out at midnight and stay
that way until 8am. You need to reduce the amount of smoke by not using wood
that's wet, green, has paint on it or by throwing leaves and other garbage in
there. The flames cannot exceed one meter in height and the fire pit must be two
meters away from anything else that can catch on fire.
Fire Prevention Officer Mark Hoveling believes last year they responded to 72
fire pit calls. He says "probably about 40 of them the fire pits were legal, the
people were doing nothing out of the ordinary, and the other ones usually were
because it was after midnight."
He adds they will try to work with the home owner to make sure they
understand the bylaw, but last year there was one repeat offender that ended up
before the courts.
Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12/10/2013 3:59:16 PM
Source: Tristan Tuckett - Country 95 News