Reminders for Spring Yard Clean-up
April 8, 2014
The recent warmer weather has presented a perfect opportunity to do some spring clean-up around the yard. The City of Madison Fire Department reminds residents of the following fire hazards and burning restrictions:
- Dried out vegetation is easily ignited by discarded matches, cigarettes, or wayward sparks. To better protect your home, clear out dead growth at the base of the foundation.
- Always make sure cigarettes and matches are completely extinguished before discarding them; dousing them in water is best.
- Once started, grass fires can move swiftly and quickly get out of control.
- The Madison General Ordinance 34.307 and the State Fire Code prohibit outdoor and open burning without a permit. The Fire Department does not permit the burning of yard waste, construction debris, brush, etc.
- Fire codes do permit fires for cooking and fires within approved outdoor fireplaces. Fire pits and outdoor fireplaces must have a spark arrester in use at all times.
- Only clean, dry wood may be burned and all fires must be attended by a responsible adult. A readily available fire extinguisher or water source is also required.
- If the Fire Department receives a complaint, they will respond and can, at the discretion of the Fire Officer, extinguish the fire for any violation of the following conditions, or, if the fire is creating a hazard or nuisance.
Information on Outdoor and Open Burning can be found on the City of Madison Fire Department web site at http://www.cityofmadison.com/fire/prevention/safety/home/grills.cfm
- Eric Dahl, 608-261-9845, firstname.lastname@example.org