As we head into fall in Alberta, and it’s approaching fast (brrrr), make sure you can keep warm in your outdoor living space. And while it’s important that your fire source can keep you warm, it’s even more essential that it meet local safety regulations.

According to the City of Calgary, here are the top fire pit guidelines:

  • Backyard fire pits should be built into the ground, on brick or stone, or in a fire-proof container. Portable fire pits may be used on a deck as long as they sit on brick or stone, and not directly on your wooden deck.
  • Fire pits must be at least two metres away from your property line, house, garage, or fence.
  • Fire pits must NOT be under any trees, branches, plants or other materials that can catch fire.
  • All fires in your fire pit must be kept to a reasonable size; 1 metre high and wide. This helps to ensure embers, sparks or smoke don’t harm anyone or cause a nuisance to your neighbours.
  • Only burn clean, dry firewood. Do NOT burn:
    • Wood that is painted, treated or contains glue or resin
    • Wood from a different location, region or province
    • Wet or green/fresh cut wood
    • Yard waste (cut grass or leaves)
    • Garbage
    • Rubber or plastic
    • Furniture
  • Always have a way to put out the fire close to your fire pit. Easy options are your watering hose or a bucket of water.
  • All fires in your fire pit must be continually supervised.

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