Spring has arrived and the Orange Fire Marshal’s Office offers some seasonal reminders. As the warm weather approaches, lawn and garden care will begin. Please remember: IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR ANY RESIDENT OR BUSINESS TO BURN CONSTRUCTON DEBRIS, TRASH, GRASS AND LEAVES OR ITEMS OF THE LIKE. There are numerous fire and safety concerns such as smoke, flying embers and the possibility of the fire spreading out of control. Supervised open burning of brush is allowed when a permit is issued by the Fire Marshal’s Office to town residents for the purposes of cooking outdoors, holding a controlled camp fire, or controlled fires for religious reasons. The Permit fee is $25 for a one-time permit or $150 for an annual fire permit. A site inspection will be conducted by the Fire Marshal or his designee prior to the issuance of an annual fire permit. Failure to obtain a burn permit or burning illegal items may subject the property owner to fines and/or arrest. Brush must be less than three inches in diameter and any wood that is burned shall not be pressure-treated. Such items must be taken to the transfer station. Burn permits are void if weather conditions are such that it creates hazards to the permittee, their property, or the property around them, whether it is public or private. Any time wind speeds exceed 10 miles per hour (gusts or sustained), or the fire danger rating is equal to or greater than “HIGH”, there shall be no open burning. The use of grills for cooking purposes or other outdoor appliances being used in accordance with their listing and manufacturer’s specifications shall not require a burn permit.
use gas and charcoal grills outdoors Only. They pose both a fire hazard and the risk of exposing occupants to toxic gases and potential asphyxiation, if used indoors or in any enclosed space. Position the grill away from siding, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas and foot traffic. Declare a three-foot “kid-free zone” around the grill and keep children and pets away from this area. Periodically, remove grease or fat buildup in trays below the grill so it cannot be ignited. Check the gas cylinder hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. A light soap and water solution applied to the hose will quickly reveal escaping propane by releasing bubbles. If you determine your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and the grill. If the leak stops, have the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call 911. Do not attempt to move the grill. Never store propane gas cylinders in buildings or garages.
Now is the time to replace smoke alarm batteries, if it was not done at the beginning of daylight savings time. This is a simple step that takes only a few minutes, but can save lives. Many people believe they will be able to smell smoke. However, poisonous gases and smoke can numb the senses, especially when one is asleep. The alarm will alert occupants and allow time for an escape. Test alarms every month by using the test button or an approved smoke substitute. Do not use an open flame device. Even though the alarm may work when tested, install a new smoke alarm after 10 years to protect against failure, as older models may be less reliable. If an alarm “chirps” to indicate a low battery, change the batteries immediately. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are available free of charge to Orange residents. They may be obtained at the Orange Fire Marshal’s Office, 355 Boston Post Road, or if you would like alarms installed, please call (203)-891-4711 or visit the website: www.orangefiremarshal.com for an appointment.