Did you know…Palmyra has an Ordinance to regulate Outdoor and Open Burning
The Borough is experiencing higher than normal complaints regarding outdoor burning. Our goal is to provide information on the safe and healthy use of approved Outdoor Burning Equipment.
Open burning is considered bonfires or otherwise open air burning and that is prohibited.
What is considered approved outdoor burning equipment
Outdoor fireplaces or commercially manufactured steel or ceramic portable fireplace, including chimineas, fire pits or other portable wood-burning devices and enclosed units specifically designed for ember and flame containment are approved.
Regulations for utilizing a Patio/Recreational wood burning unit
Please do not burn refuse (waste materials, construction debris, stumps, leaves, grass clippings yard waste and other vegetative matter), or unseasoned fire wood. All those listed are prohibited to use as fuel. Burn only seasoned, dry firewood.
Placement of outdoor burning equipment
The unit shall not be located within 15 feet of vehicles, buildings or structures including houses, garages, overhangs from buildings such as porches or carports, sheds and wooden fences. The fire must be constantly attended.
Most common violations regarding recreational burning
Either burning refuse materials or causing offensive, objectionable emissions causing a nuisance to neighbors. Fires shall also be limited to a maximum three feet diameter and two feet in height. All openings in the container must be covered with wire mesh or other screening materials. There shall only be one unit on any deck or patio.
General fire safety tips
- An adult should always be present and attend the fire until it is completely extinguished.
- Keep children and pets a safe distance
- If the fire gets out of control, call the fire department. Do not wait!
- Watch the wind direction and strength.
- Keep fire extinguishing materials handy. Some good options are a fire extinguisher, or a garden hose. Test the water source before lighting the fire.