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Burning In West Norriton Twp.

The Use of Fire Pits, Fire Bowls, Chimineas and other similar appliances has become
popular in our community. West Norriton Township Fire Marshal’s office would like to
share with you the criteria for their use.

1) You must have permission of the land owner.
2) There must be one person at least 18 years of age to assume responsibility for the use
of these appliances.
3) A permit from the Fire Marshal is not required.
4) Use in accordance to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Once you purchase this appliance,
keep these guidelines in a safe place for future reference.
5) Use of Fire Pits, Fire Bowls, Chimineas and similar portable devices must be at least
15 feet away from any building or structure.
Keep a clear area (clear meaning free of
anything that can burn) of at least 3 feet in diameter around the appliance. Please
remember that mulch can burn so keep your appliance at least 3 feet away from mulch as
6) Do not use or store Fire Pits, Fire Bowls, Chimineas or similar devices on a balcony or

7) Burn only aged dried wood. The burning of any type of construction material or trash
is prohibited.

8) Do not use any type of flammable or combustible liquid at any time.
9) Have a garden hose connected to a constant water source available close by.
10) Smoke is not allowed to cross property lines. Be mindful of the wind speed prior to
starting this type of fire.
11) Do not use on Code Orange or Code Red Air Quality days.
12) 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 or anything that is combustible.

Also, be careful in handling partially
burned wood. The wood may still be smoldering and cause a serious burn.

Please keep in mind, that if the Fire Department is contacted and determines your
situation to be a fire hazard, the Fire Department can require you to extinguish your fire.

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Knox Box Program

The Knox Box Program was instituted to help minimize property damage to business properties during an emergency while also helping business owners in maintaining a secure facility.

For more Information about the Knox Box Program. Please click on the link icon below…