Open Burning Season Begins

April 3, 2013 at 9:26 AM | Posted in Home, Regulations, Reminders, Safety Tips, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Spring is here and everywhere you look folks are starting their yard work, cleaning up what remains in winter’s wake. That means piles of dead grass, leaves, and branches are ready for disposal. Burning is a good way to get rid of last year’s debris and open burning permits are being issued throughout the month of April.

If you plan to burn this year, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • An open burning permit is required and can be obtained from your local fire department.
  • You will need to call on a daily basis for each permit to determine if weather conditions allow for burning that day.
  • All fires must be contained at a minimum of 75 feet away from buildings.
  • Keep burning piles away from power lines.
  • The hours to burn are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Keep fire extinguishment materials on hand; i.e., water, sand, shovels, and rakes.
  • Watch the wind, it can change at any time. You should be prepared to extinguish your fire at a moment’s notice.
  • Never use gasoline or other flammable liquids to start a fire.
  • An adult must attend the fire at all times until it is completely extinguished.
  • The month of April holds the highest risk for brush fires, once the snow melts and April’s strong winds expose the prior year’s debris.
  • Open Burning season ends on May 1st.

Let the Spring cleaning begin! Click on the following link for a great article with additional information on open burning: www.mass.gov/dep/air/compliance/burning.

Remember: An ounce of prevention can protect you and your family from injury and property damage.

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