Recreational Burn/Outdoor Fireplace Safety

Outdoor Fireplace Safety and Burn Ordinance Information

Enjoy outdoor recreational fireplaces safely!

Outdoor Fireplaces are a great backdrop to summer parties but it’s important to remember the rules.  These types of devices are commonly referred to as a chimenea, fire pit with a spark arrestor or outdoor fireplace. These fires are contained inside a device or under a metal mesh and should be used in accordance with the manufacturer's assembly, safety, and operating instructions.Outdoor fireplace graphic

The City of Monroe Fire Department requires the following:

  • The outdoor fireplace must be UL listed and have appropriate screening and spark suppression.
  • Fireplaces should be used on a stable level surface.
  • Fireplaces should not be used on any combustible deck, porch or patio.
  • Fireplaces must not be located within 15 feet of a structure or combustible materials  (such as fences, buildings, debris piles, flammable vegetation/trees, etc.)
  • Wood must be CLEAN and DRY without creosote. No construction materials, yard waste or trash can be burned.
  • If there is objectionable smoke, the fire must be extinguished.  Be a good neighbor - reduce smoke production by not burning wet wood.
  • If wind direction causes the smoke to invade neighboring structures, the fire must be extinguished.
  • Fire extinguishing mediums must be provided, such as an appropriate fire extinguisher, a garden hose, dirt or sand.
  • The fire must be constantly attended by a responsible adult.
  • The fire must be completely extinguished after use.
  • If the fireplace is a propane unit, only propane shall be burned.

Remember, “When in doubt, put it out!”

Questions?  Please contact Fire Marshall Chad Hudson at 734.243.7519.

For examples of appropriate outdoor fireplace units and a quick overview of the above information, please review the 'Hot Sheet' linked below.