Don’t let your winter go up in smoke
Published on 21 May 2020
The sun is setting sooner and the nights are a little cooler now that winter has begun to arrive in the Rockhampton Region.
Planning and Regulation Spokesperson Councillor Ellen Smith said this can be a lovely time of year to warm up by an outdoor fire, however residents should make sure they’re doing so responsibly.
“Just being aware of a few small things means that your family can enjoy a fire in your backyard without bothering your neighbours or risking your own safety,” said Cr Smith.
“For example, all fires should of course be within a container designed to contain burning material. This could be a barbeque, chiminea, or a fire pit.
“Being mindful of how much wind there is and exactly what you’re burning can also make the difference between a great night spent outdoors with your family and a night spent annoying your neighbours or breathing in excess smoke.
“Thank you for helping to keep our community safe, and following these simple steps when you light a fire.”
Here are some tips to enjoy the warmth of a fire safely and responsibly:
- Fires must be under 2m2.
- Fires should be within a container, such as a BBQ, chiminea or fire pit that is designed to prevent the escape of burning material, including embers.
- Be mindful of what you burn. Dry fire wood is best. Green leaves, rubbish and plastics are defiantly not something you should burn.
- Choose a day where there is little wind, or a gentle wind will take the smoke away from your neighbours.
- Always have an adult stay with the fire.
- Make sure the fire is out before you leave.
- You cannot light fires in parks or public land, unless there is a designated fire container available for public use.
- Keep an eye out on the QFES website for information about fire bans: https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/Using_Fire_Outdoors/Pages/Fire-Bans-and-Restrictions.aspx
For more information on restrictions around fires head to https://www.rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au/CouncilServices/Local-Laws/Local-Law-3-Community-and-Environmental-Management-2011