Regina Fire and Protective Services is reminding you to be safe with your fire pits this May long weekend.
There’s a $300 fine if you don’t follow the proper bylaws for fire pits within city limits.
Fire Marshal Randy Ryba said between May and September of last year, they wrote up more than a few dozen tickets.
“We respond approximately 160 to 170 times a year to a complaint,” said Ryba. “Out of those we probably write about 30 to 40 tickets. Again, we’re trying to educate the public, enjoy their yard and keep the city safe.
While most of the province is under a fire ban, Ryba says the City of Regina is not as they fall under their own municipal jurisdiction.
According to their website, here’s what the City of Regina wants you to follow this season when it comes to enjoying a fire pit outdoors.
– 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 (12 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 cannot 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 always.
– Any person who uses a firepit shall have a means of extinguishing the fire readily accessible always.
– 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.
Ryba adds that if it gets windy, you shouldn’t be starting any fires as well.
“That’s another provision within the bylaw. We don’t have a kilometre rating, but it’s up to the discretion of the inspector. In windy conditions, we don’t want to have you burn anything at all.”