Dearborn issues fire pit rules

DEARBORN – As the weather turns cooler, many people like spending time with family and friends gathered around a fire in the back yard.

In order to ensure that everyone has a safe, enjoyable fire this fall, city officials want residents to remember important rules.

Safety starts when first selecting a fire pit, so residents should purchase a pit made specifically for recreation, and that it has screening on all sides, including the top.

All fire pits should be placed in the rear yard 15 feet from the nearest structure, including structures on a neighbor’s property.

There must be a way to put out a fire quickly, so residents need a water hose, fire extinguisher or sand nearby at all times.

The material burned must be clean wood. Fire pits are not to be used to burn garbage, wet wood, grass or leaves.

The fire should be supervised by someone 18 years or older and that person must ensure that the fire is completely extinguished before leaving the area.

Fire pits may only be used between 11 a.m. and 1 a.m.

The city ordinance governing fire pit use requires that that the smoke must not be objectionable. Residents should not have fires so large they produce a lot of smoke, and keep in mind wind direction when burning.

Call 911 if a fire pit causes an immediate life or property safety issue.

“We hope people have a good time when using their fire pits correctly,” Fire Chief Joseph Murray. “And we want everyone to be safe, so it is important to follow the rules.”

Violating the ordinance could result in a civil infraction, with a $100 fine. Three offenses in the same calendar year will be considered a misdemeanor offense.

For more information, call the Fire Marshal’s Division at 313-943-2839.