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Safety Tips

There are two general instances in which it is legal to have a fire within city limits: recreational camp or bonfires and outdoor fireplaces. Below are some important safety tips involving both.

Bonfires & Outdoor Fireplaces

BONFIRES/CAMPFIRES

  • Build campfires away from overhanging branches, steep slopes, rotten stumps, logs, dry grass and leaves.
  • Keep plenty of water handy and have a shovel for throwing dirt on the fire if it gets out of control.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended.
  • Don't start your outdoor fireplace when it's windy. The wind can carry sparks and set fire to your property.
  • Keep at least 3 feet away from the flame—this includes people, pets, furniture, etc.
  • Drown the fire with water. Make sure all embers, coals and sticks are wet.

OUTDOOR FIREPLACES

  • Use a mesh screen to cover any openings to prevent sparks and ash from floating into the air.
  • Make sure the embers have burned out before going inside for the night.
  • Don't use portable fire pits underneath overhead branches.
  • Keep a bucket of water and a shovel nearby.
  • Keep at least 3 feet away from the flame—this includes people, pets, furniture, etc.

Outdoor Burning and Fire Pits

Fireworks
  • Always read and follow label directions.
  • Have an adult present.
  • Buy from reliable sellers.
  • Use outdoors only.
  • Always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket).
  • Never experiment or make your own fireworks.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Never re-light a "dud" firework (wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).
  • Never give fireworks to small children.
  • Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trashcan.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
  • The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
  • Stay away from illegal explosives.

Auburn Fireworks Regulations

 
 
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