Outdoor Burning Safety Tips
By Member Chris Cardwell
April 13, 2018

The weather has warmed up and Spring cleaning is upon us. There have been several wildfires this month already due to high winds and low humidity levels. Below are some safety tips to follow when open burning. Be sure local ordinances are observed and permits are obtained before open burning.

To prevent the spread of fires started to burn brush and debris, keep in mind the following precautions:

- Check for local burn bans or restrictions before conducting any open burning.
- Keep fire a minimum of 100 feet from all buildings.
- Never use gasoline, kerosene or any other flammable liquid to start the fire.
- Do not leave a fire unattended.
- Have fire extinguishment materials on hand, including a water supply, shovels and rakes.
- Be prepared to extinguish your fire if the winds pick up.
- DO NOT delay a call for help – call the fire department immediately at the first sign of the fire getting out of control.

Hyperlinks: Forestry Permit
Hillsborough Ordinance
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