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Posted on: April 25, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Bismarck Fire Department encourages residents to use caution in dry conditions

With the current dry weather that we are experiencing, the Bismarck Fire Department encourages the citizens of Bismarck to use caution if you smoke or plan a recreational fire that includes charcoal grills, fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, or chimeneas. The following fire safety guidelines should be followed:

  •  Keep recreational fires at least 15 feet from any combustible structures to include buildings, decks, and fences.
  •  Have some type of extinguishing material available at all times.
  •  Never leave a fire unattended.
  •  Use dry, well-seasoned wood. Do not burn garbage, leaves, rubbish, rotten wood or materials that will smoke. If the smoke or odor becomes offensive, you will be required to extinguish the fire.
  • Use a spark arrestor screen to control sparks and embers when provided with the unit.
  • Make sure that the fire is out after having finished enjoying its use. Douse the fire with water or sand and turn with a spade to ensure the fire is cool before leaving. If you have a metal cover or screen, place it over the unit.
  • Never discard ashes into a combustible container or garbage receptacle. Place ashes in a metal container first and then wet thoroughly with water so the ashes are completely cool.
  • Always discard smoking materials in an approved noncombustible receptacle. Never flick a cigarette butt onto the ground, out the window of a vehicle, into a trash can or other combustible type receptacle.
  • If your property borders tall grass and vegetation, use extreme caution when operating gas powered equipment and vehicles. Do not use your fire pit, chiminea, outdoor fire place, or charcoal grill when it is windy or during Very High, Extreme or Red Flag fire conditions.
  • Check the ND Department of Emergency Services website at www.nd.gov/des for the current fire danger rating.

For more information on how to protect your home from fire call the Bismarck Fire Department at 701-355-1400 or visit our website at www.bismarcknd.gov/fire.

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