Fire Prevention & Inspection

Fire Prevention:
The Fire Prevention Bureau strives to provide effective and efficient education, inspection, code enforcement and investigative services in an effort to reduce loss of life and property.  The primary goal is to improve the quality of life for our community.

Assistant Fire Chief Shawn Solar is in charge of the Bureau.

Recreational Fires
One of the most common questions the fire department receives pertains to outdoor recreational fires.  The Ohio Fire Code defines a recreation fire as “an outdoor fire utilized to cook food for human consumption.”

Many times the question is whether or not it is permissible to utilize a commercial fire pit or fire bowl.

The Fire Prevention Bureau has developed the following guidelines regarding recreational fires and/or the use of fire pits and similar products:

  1. The location of any outdoor recreational fire shall not be less than 50 feet from a structure (house, garage, shed, etc.).
  2. The material used for burning shall be considered a “clean fuel” such as seasoned dry firewood.
  3. All fires must constantly be attended until the fire is completely extinguished.  At least one on-site fire extinguishing method (ex; garden hose, dirt, sand, etc.) shall be available for immediate use.
  4. Fires over 3 foot in diameter are considered bonfires and must have prior approval from the fire department.
  5. Even if all the above criteria are met, fires that are offensive or objectionable to your neighbors due to smoke or odor emissions must be extinguished immediately.


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