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Follow The Rules For Recreational Fire Pits

(Le Mars) -- With this spring-like weather, many people may take the opportunity to get outdoors and perhaps start up the barbeque grill, or light the recreational fire pit.  But before you do, the Le Mars Fire Department wants to remind you of some of the regulations.  Recreational fire pits are allowed within the city limits.  Recreational fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, and chimneys need to have an appropriate screen cover.  Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper says to stay away from combustibles.

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The Le Mars Fire Chief urges people to follow the ten foot rule.

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Schipper says the device should not be larger than three feet in diameter and the fuel load should not exceed two feet in height.  Only charcoal, natural gas, propane, or clean, dry seasoned firewood shall be used.

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Obviously, when you have a grill or fire pit, it needs to attended to at all times by a competent adult.  A garden hose, water bucket, or fire extinguisher should be close by, and winds need to be under 20 mph.


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