Fire Pit Regulations and Safe Use
A warm fire in your yard is a great way to spend time outdoors in warm weather. Your family can huddle around it on a chilly evening, roast marshmallows or just spend time together.
The regulations regarding outdoor fires are very strict. They are in place to prevent fires and to minimize the nuisance to neighbours. Bonfires and other open fires are not permitted. The Regina Fire Bylaw No. 2005-18 allows outdoor fires in enclosed burners (without a permit), providing they meet the following standards:
When used safety and properly, fire pits can provide many ours of enjoyment. It is important to know the requirements for their construction and safe use. Fire Pit regulations govern the use of both fire pits and outdoor fireplaces.
What is a Fire Pit?
The term fire pit refers to a permanently affixed outdoor fire receptacle and a portable fire receptacle.
What is an Outdoor Fireplace?
An outdoor fireplace is an enclosed and permanently affixed outdoor fire receptacle, which incorporates a permanently affixed chimney or flue, and is constructed of brick, rock or other masonry.
Fire Pit Regulations
The regulations governing the use of fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are in place to ensure your safety, prevent fires and minimize the nuisance to neighbours.
- Fire pits cannot be used between the hours of 1 a.m. and noon.
- The fire must be contained in a non-combustible receptacle made of cement, brick, clay or sheet metal with a minimum 18 gauge thickness.
- The fire box must be covered with heavy gauge metal screen with openings not larger than 13 mm (1\2 inch) to contain sparks.
- The size of the fire box must not exceed .75 metres (30 inches) in any dimension.
- The fire pit must be located a minimum of 3 metres (10 feet) from any combustible material, such as buildings, porches and decks.
- Fire pits can not be placed on combustible decks or apartment balconies.
- Fire pits must be situated on a non-combustible surface.
- Fire pits shall be clear of overhangs, such as tree branches, utility lines and structures.
- Fire pits must be supervised by an adult at all times.
- Any person who uses a firepit shall have a means of extinguishing the fire readily accessible at all times.
- The only permitted fuels are charcoal, seasoned wood or manufactured fire logs.
- Materials that cannot be burned include, but are not limited to: waste including rubbish, slimes, manure, treated or painted lumber, livestock or animal carcasses, tailings, garbage, garden refuse or scrap; any hazardous material or dangerous good; or any material that generates black smoke or an offensive odour, including insulation from electrical wiring, rubber tires, asphalt shingles, hydrocarbons, plastics and lumber treated with wood preservative.
- Fire pits must be extinguished if smoke causes an unreasonable interference with the use and enjoyment of another person’s property.
- Fire pits shall not be used in windy conditions.
- In the event the Fire Chief issues a Fire Ban, the use of fire pits will be prohibited.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if my fire pit is found to be in contravention of the regulations?
A Fire Inspector will determine whether the fire pit is being used properly. If not, he or she can order that the fire pit immediately be made to conform to regulations. Or the Fire Inspector may order the fire pit to be extinguished. The Fire Inspector may also issue a $300 fine.
What happens if a neighbour files a complaint about my fire pit?
A Fire Inspector is on call 24 hours a day to respond to public complaints. The Fire Inspector will investigate the complaint to determine whether the fire pit complies with fire pit regulations.
How can I file a complaint about a fire pit?
Complaints can be made to Service Regina at 306-777-7000 24 hours a day, and will be investigated by a Fire Inspector.
How to use your BBQ safely
The most important safety tip is: Keep children and pets far away from your BBQ.
Here’s how to use your propane barbecue safely:
- Barbecue on a solid surface, away from shrubbery, overhangs and foot traffic. Keep the area free from anything that might obstruct the flow of air for combustion and ventilation.
- Always light a gas barbecue with the lid open. A leaking or open valve can cause propane to accumulate under the lid or in the basin, and the gas could explode when lit.
- Before you turn on the propane, the match or lighter should already be burning. If the barbecue doesn't ignite, turn the control valves off, wait five minutes and try again. Keep matches/lighter out of the reach of children.
- Once the barbecue is lit, do not move it or leave it unattended.
- Never use a barbecue indoors or in a garage.
- Use long handled utensils and be aware that loose clothing could catch fire.
- Check for leaks. Leave the barbecue valve off and the cylinder valve on. Spread a soapy solution on all fittings and the hose. If bubbles appear, you have a leak and you must repair or replace the part(s) before using the barbecue again. Check the valves too. (Although propane gas is not toxic or dangerous in small quantities, a damaged or cracked hose can send out an invisible stream of propane that, if ignited, can become a jet of flame. Propane is odourless, but a distinctive smell is added so leaks can be easily detected.)
- As soon as you finish barbecuing, turn off the grill controls first, then the control valve on the propane tank.
- Don't try to put out a fat or grease fire with water — it will only spread the flames. Turn off the propane and close the barbecue lid to smother the fire. If fire has engulfed the propane tank, evacuate the area immediately — at least 200 metres away from the tank — and call Fire & Protective Services.
Storage and transport:
- Store propane cylinders upright in a well-ventilated shed, away from children.
- During transport, insert a plastic valve plug in the gas outlet for added safety. Transport the propane cylinder upright and secured in a ventilated area (i.e. place the cylinder in the trunk in a tote box, then latch the trunk in an open position to allow for ventilation).
- The tank should only be filled by an authorized person who knows — and follows — proper safety precautions.
- Propane tanks can be refilled as long as it is within 10 years of the date they were manufactured. All tanks past the 10 year mark need to be requalified. The tank is examined for wear or damage and the pressure relief valve is replaced. The tank is then re-stamped with the authorised requalifier’s registered number.
- Never store a filled propane tank indoors. Keep flammable substances away from it and don't smoke around it. Propane settles to the lowest point where it isn't easily dispersed. It doesn't take much to cause an explosion...a pilot light, a spark of static electricity, even the flick of a light switch.
- With charcoal grills, use only charcoal starter fluids designed for barbecue grills and do not add fluid after coals have been lit. Do not use gasoline, kerosene, or other flammable solvents.
- Electric lighters are safer and do not pollute the air.
- Before discarding the coals, ensure that they are dead by dousing with water. Do not put coals in the garbage, in the compost heap, or spread them on your garden or yard until you are certain the coals are DEAD — cold!