GUIDELINES FOR RECREATIONAL
Requests for outdoor recreational fires have become a popular activity and concern within the Town of Irondequoit, especially with recent marketing and sales of portable outdoor fireplaces, made of metal, ceramic and like materials. The Office of the Fire Marshal has allowed burning for recreational purposes consistent with state, county and local codes and laws, using the following guidelines:
SAFETY must always be followed.
· Fires must be of the same size as in fireplaces (no larger than 3 feet in Diameter – no taller than 2 feet in Height), located 25 feet from combustible structures (houses, fences, sheds, garages, wooden decks, similar structures) and conducted on non-combustible surfaces.
· Materials for burning must be clean seasoned firewood (wet wood, fresh cut wood, painted or stained wood creates smoky conditions and is not allowed to be burned).
· Competent adult supervision must be at site while fire is burning. Competent adult supervision is someone over 18 years of age, not impaired by drugs, alcohol or having a medical or mental condition which would impair their ability to take proper actions if required.
· A source of water must be available to control or extinguish any fire (charged garden hose hooked up to a water supply, multiple pains of water or a 4-A rating fire extinguisher).
· No new materials may be added to a fire after 10 PM, fire must be extinguished before abandoning.
· Fire can not create a nuisance. Smoke and/or odors may be considered a nuisance.
· NEW – Outdoor portable fireplaces made of metal, ceramic and like materials must follow these same rules and not be placed on any combustible materials (decks, porches, tables, ect.) They may not be located less than 15 feet from a combustible structure and must be extinguished before abandoning. Recreational fires are a privilege and allowed for special occasions by the Fire Marshal. A recreational fire, which creates property damage, personal injury or is deemed a nuisance, may be cause for further legal actions to be taken by the Fire Marshal or the Police. Any fire causing the fire department or police department to be called maybe considered by the responding official as a nuisance fire. Nuisance fires must be extinguished. Do not hesitate to contact the Office of the Fire Marshal at (585) 336-6097, if you have any questions regarding this or any fire safety concerns.
FIRE CODE OF NEW YORK STATE
§F307 OPEN BURNING
§F307.1 General. A person shall not kindle or maintain or authorize to be kindled or maintained any open burning unless conducted and approved in accordance with this section.
§F307.2.1 Authorization. Where required by state or local law or regulations, open burning shall only be permitted with prior approval from the state or local air and water quality management authority, provided that all conditions specified in the authorization are followed.
§F307.2.2 Prohibited open burning. Open burning that will be offensive or objectionable due to smoke or odor emissions when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited.
§F307.3 Location. The location for open burning shall not be less than 50 feet (15 240 mm) from any structure, and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet (15 240 mm) of any structure.
EXCEPTIONS: 1. Fires in approved containers that are not less than 15 feet (4572 mm) from a structure. 2. The minimum required distance from a structure shall be 25 feet (7620 mm) where the pile size is 3 feet (914 mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610 mm) or less in height. §F307.3.1 Bonfires and recreational fires. A bonfire or recreational fire shall not be conducted within 25 feet (7620 mm) of a structure or combustible material unless the fire is contained in a barbecue pit. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet (7620 mm)of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.§F307.4 Attendance. Open burning, bonfires or recreational fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher complying with §F906 with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization. §F307.5 Open-flame cooking devices. Charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices shall not be operated on combustible balconies or within 10 feet (3.1 m) of combustible construction.
EXCEPTIONS: 1. One-and two-family dwellings. 2. Where buildings, balconies and decks are protected by an approved automatic sprinkler system. §F307.5.1 Liquefied-petroleum-gas-fueled cooking devices. LP-gas burners having an LP-gas container with a water capacity greater than 2.5 pounds (1.14 kg) [nominal 1 pound (0.454 kg) LP-gas capacity] shall not be located on combustible balconies or within 10 feet (3048 mm) of combustible construction.
EXCEPTION: One-and two-family dwellings.
BONFIRE. An outdoor fire utilized for ceremonial purposes. ·
OPEN BURNING. The burning of materials wherein products of combustion are emitted directly into the ambient air without passing through a stack or chimney from an enclosed chamber. Open burning does not include road flares, smudgepots and similar devices associated with safety or occupational uses typically considered open flames or recreational fires. For the purpose of this definition, a chamber shall be regarded as enclosed when, during the time combustion occurs, only apertures, ducts, stacks, flues or chimneys necessary to provide combustion air and permit the escape of exhaust gas are open. ·
RECREATIONAL FIRE. An outdoor fire burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, barbeque grill or barbeque pit and has a total fuel area of 3 feet (914 mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610 mm) or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes.