Be Firepit and Barbecue Safe
Regina Fire and Protective Services reminds residents to remain vigilant when using backyard firepits and barbecues as they enjoy the warm weather with family and friends.
“As the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan continues to roll out, residents are going to be gathering more and more. It’s definitely that time of year where we all enjoy getting together in our backyards or in the park. If you’re going to light a fire or cook outside, it is important to be aware of potential hazards with firepits and barbecues,” said Layne Jackson, Regina Fire Chief. “Making memories with family and friends should always be done responsibly when a fire is involved.”
Regina Fire sets important rules and regulations to protect residents, prevent fires and reduce nuisance to neighbours.
Fire Pit Safety Regulations include:
- Fires must be contained in a non-flammable container on a non-combustible surface, like cement or brick, and be covered with a heavy gauge metal screen.
- Firepits must be placed at least three metres from any combustible materials such as fences, houses, decks, bushes and overhanging branches.
- Only seasoned wood, manufactured fire logs or charcoal can be burned. Burning debris for disposal purposes is not allowed, including leaves, twigs and scrap lumber.
- At all times, firepits must be supervised by an adult and a means to extinguish the fire must be near at hand.
- See Regina.ca/fire for full details on all City regulations on outdoor firepits.
Violating these firepit safety rules could result in a $300 fine per offence as they pose a serious safety risk to the community.
If you witness careless use of a firepit, contact Service Regina at 306-777-7000 during regular business hours, go online to Regina.ca to complete a service request 24 hours a day, or call 9-1-1 if it’s an emergency.
It’s also important to exercise caution when using a barbecue. Regina’s leading cause of fire is careless cooking, which includes cooking on a barbecue. Follow these important safety tips to stay safe:
- Before the first seasonal use, check all connections and lines with a soapy water solution.
- Never use your barbecue indoors or in a garage.
- Barbecue on a solid surface, away from trees, shrubs, overhangs and structures such as your home, garage or shed.
- Always light the barbecue with the lid open.
- When finished barbecuing, turn off the cylinder valve first, then the grill controls.
- Ensure coals are soaked with water before discarding.
- Never store spare propane cylinders indoors or in a garage.
After enjoying your outdoor firepit or charcoal barbeque, allow the ashes to cool for a day before placing them in a disposable container and into your brown roll out bin. Ashes should not be placed in a recycling cart.