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    Spring Clean-up Fire Safety Tips

Spring has finally arrived and residents throughout the state are preparing for spring clean-up on their property.  The Commission on Fire Prevention and Control (CSPC) in conjunction with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) want to remind citizens all over the state to be fire safe during this time of year. 

“Many times residents will wish to dispose of yard debris through open burning,” stated Alan Zygmunt, Public Information Officer from the Connecticut Fire Academy, “throughout the state there are specific regulations that limit open burning.  Especially this time of year, the weather can cause fire danger to be high.” 

Open burning is regulated by both DEEP and your local community for public health reasons, so it is important that you contact your local fire department prior to beginning any open burning activities.  Some communities have ordinances prohibiting such burning or may require a permit to burn. 

DEEP regulates the materials that can be burned as “… brush only , which is defined as shrubs, vegetation or pruning’s, the diameter of which is not greater than three inches at the widest point. Leaves and grass are not considered brush. Open burning is not allowed for the purpose of clearing land, or for the disposal of construction debris, household trash, or leaves.” 

Another critical safety factor is the Forest Fire Danger Index which is defined by DEEP and is dependent on moisture, wind and other factors.  Open burning is prohibited when the danger index is high, very high or extreme.   For more information on all open burning requirements search under DEEP: Open Burning or DEEP: Forest Fire Danger Report.