A Friendly Reminder for West Erie County Residents on Open Fire Laws
It is summertime here in West Erie County. And SERVPRO knows better than anyone that means everyone is out enjoying the weather! Erie residents live for the summer, and SERVPRO of West Erie County detailed a list of burning laws, for our residents, as a friendly reminder. Here they are:
- The only thing you can burn is dried firewood.
Erie fire fighters responded to more than a dozen illegal fires in 2020, according to Chief Fire Inspector Darren Hart. It is illegal to burn treated lumber and trash. Residents are also prohibited from burning recyclable materials, leaf waste, grass clippings or construction materials.
- Fire pits must be 25 ft away from any structure.
“Erie residents can have recreational fires in fire rings or burn pits, but they must be 25 feet from any structure and all combustible materials between the fire and the structure must be cleared away. Portable outdoor fireplaces must be 15 feet from a structure, with all combustible materials cleared away”, according to goerie.com
- No bonfires allowed, unless approved.
Bonfires will not be permitted within city limits---unless approved by the fire inspector. If approved----the fire must be 50 ft away from a structure and a site and safety inspection will be performed prior to the bonfire.
- Weather matters.
No fire will be allowed if winds exceed 10 mph or higher or if there is a drought.
- You will need an extinguisher.
Goerie.com also states, “all approved fires must be attended at all times until the fire is extinguished. Means of extinguishing, including a fire extinguisher with a 4A rating, water, sand or dirt, must be on scene, according to the fire bureau.”
Chief Hart stresses to think of other around you,” Those wishing to burn should be considerate of their neighbors, as those with respiratory issues could have those issues aggravated if they open their windows on a nice day and smoke from a nearby fire enters their homes,” he said.
Fires can get out of control very quickly. If fire affects your Millcreek home…contact SERVPRO of West Erie County. Damages caused by fire, smoke, or soot in your home or commercial business can be overwhelming. Let the experienced team at SERVPRO of West Erie County help! We are locally owned and operated and ready to respond to any size disaster. We realize immediate action is critical in preventing further damage to the structure and contents of your home or business.
Call us today at (814) 806-1987.