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Posted on: April 26, 2021

CGFD Asks Residents to be Careful with Outdoor Recreational Fires

Fire Pit

While outdoor recreation fires and fire pits can bring families and friends together, campfire mishaps can also cause injuries. The Cottage Grove Fire Department asks you to please follow a few simple safety tips to prevent injuries and accidents:

· The size of a fire should be no more than three feet wide and two feet high.

· The fire should be no closer than 25 feet from any structures or other combustibles.

· If the fire is in an approved enclosure, like an outdoor fire place or a substantial pit, the fire should be no closer than 15 feet from structures or other combustibles.

· Never use gasoline or other combustible liquids to help ignite a fire.

· Wind speeds should not be more than 15 miles per hour.

· Campfires are not for disposal. Open burning  for disposal in the City does require a permit.

· Have a three foot “kids free zone” around the fire.

· Be sure to have accessible means to extinguish the fire, such as a garden hose or fire extinguisher.

· Always be in attendance of a campfire until it is extinguished.

· If your clothes catch on fire “STOP, DROP & ROLL.”

· Treat a burn right away with cool water and cover it with a clean, dry cloth. Call 9-1-1 if needed.

· If roasting marshmallows, help young children and keep in mind that heated metal skewers can cause burns.



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