An outdoor bonfire is a great way to wrap up a summer day in Saskatchewan, but fire safety should be on the top of everyone's mind.

There are certain requirements needed for a fire pit to be up to code in the city of Moose Jaw, including that the fire must be contained in a non-combustible receptacle constructed of concrete, clay, brick, or sheet metal, as well, as the size of the firebox must not exceed 75cm in any dimension.

Fuel used in outdoor fireplaces should be only charcoal, cut seasoned wood, or manufactured fire logs. Garbage, treated lumber, animal carcasses, or other hazardous material cannot be used as material in the fire pit. 

Public Education Officer with the Moose Jaw Fire Department, Cathie Bassit, says it is best to stick to the natural material. "You should only be burning clean, dry and natural wood in your fire pits." 

She also says it's a good idea to check with neighbours before hosting a bonfire. "Be mindful of your neighbours," says Bassit, "It's nice to check with them to make sure no one has allergies or anything like that."

When it comes to the location of a fire pit, there are several guidelines in place to keep users safe. It must be separated from grass or other greenery by a distance of at least 40cm, and it must be located a minimum of 3 metres from any combustible material, building, porch, deck, or property line.

For a full set of fire pit rules and guidelines, click here

Between the hours of 12:00 am and 8:00 am, fires are prohibited in the city. 

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