Backyard Fire Safety tips from your Calgary Fire Department

by the Calgary Fire Department

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Enjoying a recreational fire in your backyard can be a great way to spend a summers evening. Here are some Safety and bylaw considerations for you.

  • Always confirm that a Fire Ban is not in effect before starting a fire for recreational purposes.
  • Fires may only be burned in fire pits between 10 a.m. and 1 a.m.

Rules for Fire Pits:

  1. Backyard fire pits should be built into the ground, on brick or stone, or in a fire-proof container. Portable fire pits may be used on a deck as long as they sit on brick or stone, and not directly on your wooden deck. Always refer to the Fire pit manufacturer for approved fir pit locations.
  2. Fire pits must be at least two metres away from your property line, house, garage, or fence.
  3. Fire pits must NOT be under any trees, branches, plants or other materials that can catch fire.
  4. All fires in your fire pit must be kept to a reasonable size; 1 metre high and wide.
  5. A mesh screen or “spark guard” is now required in order to reduce the spread of embers. The openings of the mesh must not be greater than 1.24 cm.
  6. Only burn clean, dry firewood.
  7. Do Not Burn:
  • Wood that is painted, treated or contains glue or resin
  • Wet or green/fresh cut wood
  • Yard waste (cut grass or leaves)
  • Garbage
  • Rubber or plastic
  • Furniture
  1. Always have a way to extinguish the fire in the event of an emergency. Easy options are having your watering hose or a bucket of water nearby.
  2. All fires in your fire pit must never be left unattended.
  3. Aside from safety considerations, not following these rules can lead to fines of $500, $1000 or even $5000.

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