Fire Pit Safety

Outdoor fire pits fire bowls, chimeneas and other similar appliances are one of the most popular outdoor living design trends right now, and with good reason: they add a unique, fun and relaxing element to any outdoor space. But, with great family get-togethers around the fire, comes great responsibility to follow all fire safety rules.

To make sure your family and neighbors remain safe while you’re basking by the fire and roasting marshmallows, the Collierville Fire Department would like to share with you the criteria for their use. 

There are no fire department permits required for devices that are approved for such use in residential settings; however the user should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations for safe use. If you are part of a homeowners association it is also recommended that you check with them to ensure no covenant violations will occur.

There are several fire code regulations that would apply:

  • Do not operate or kindle a fire within 25 feet of a structure or any combustible materials

  • Be a good neighbor, to prevent complaints do not burn if atmospheric conditions (wind alert, air quality index orange/red) are not favorable.

  • Do not wear loose clothing around pit to prevent burns.

  • Do not overload the pit or box, keep the fires small and within the limits of the pit

  • Do not use any flammable or combustible liquids ever!

  • The pit shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished

  • Maintain an extinguishing system at all times such as a garden hose, dirt or fire extinguisher for immediate use

  • Keep a clear area (clear meaning free of anything that can burn, including mulch) of at least 3 feet in diameter around the appliance.

  • Burn only aged dried wood. The burning of any type of construction material, household garbage, or leaves is prohibited.

  • Dispose of all ashes in a safe manner. After 24 hours has passed, all left over hot ashes must be thoroughly dampened, cooled and stored in a metal can that is used solely for ash storage. Ashes that are 2 or 3 days old may appear to be safe, but can still retain enough heat to cause an unwanted fire. Do not discard hot ashes in a compost pile, paper bag cardboard box, Town plastic trash or recycle bin, or anything that is combustible. Also, be careful in handling partially burned wood. The wood may still be smoldering and cause a serious burn.


Collierville Fire Department:
 1251 Peterson Lake Road, Collierville, TN 38017 | (901) 457-2400 | Emergency: 9-1-1

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