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Recreational Fires -- Be Careful Mixing Fun & Fire

Posted on Sep 10, 2017

Recreational fires are popular on a crisp fall night. However, they come with risk and should be enjoyed only under strict conditions dictated by the Ohio Fire Code.

Before starting a recreational fire, check with your neighbors and the fire department. Even a legal fire must be extinguished if it’s objectionable to a neighbor.

Avoid starting a fire during a strong wind or dry period, use only fireplace matches or propane lighter to start the fire, and follow these strict conditions dictated by the Ohio Fire Code for recreational fires. Recreational fires must be:

  • No larger than 2 feet in width and 2 feet in height
  • Used only for cooking
  • Made with well-seasoned wood (no trash or yard waste).
  • Located at least 25 feet from any structure, including wood or vinyl fences
  • Contained within a pit, fire ring or commercial fire pit
  • Constantly attended by someone 18 years or older
  • Safeguarded with a fire extinguisher, garden hose, or buckets of water

Washington Township’s Fire Marshal recommends that a fire last no longer than three hours. Extinguish all hot coals when finished with a water hose or bucket of water and then leave the hot materials alone at least 24 hours.

Do not bag or dispose of the ash or coals in a garbage container until you know they are thoroughly out.


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