Guidelines for Outdoor Cooking during a Burn Ban
Many Tarrant County residents are rightfully concerned about how a burn ban affects their plans to cook outdoors. The Tarrant County Fire Marshal’s Office urges all residents to use common sense when handling flammable materials during a burn ban. Below are a few guidelines to follow for outdoor cooking:
- Gas grills are the safest outdoor cooking option. Please keep the flames covered during the operation of your gas grill.
- If you want to use a charcoal or wood-burning grill or a outdoor fire pit, it must be placed on a concrete, gravel or dirt surface at least five (5) feet from any combustible materials. Please keep the cover on the grill during use.
- Smokers can be used if they are placed on a concrete, gravel, or dirt surface at least five feet from combustible materials. Keep the flames covered during use.
- Be sure to have a water source, i.e. a bucket of water or a garden hose, nearby in case of emergencies.
Should you have further questions regarding cooking outdoors during the burn ban, please contact the Tarrant County Fire Marshal’s Office at 817-838-4660 or email email@example.com.