Bonfire season safety tips and guidelines from the fire department

Bonfire season has arrived in Sylvania, and with the current COVID health guidelines that encourage outdoor activities as opposed to indoor get togethers, it’s expected to be a busy one.

“Be mindful of what the rules are, and keep the fire away from structures,” advises Sylvania Township Fire Department Fire Marshal Shane Hillard.  “Don't ever leave children unattended, don't use flammable things like lighter fluid or charcoal lighter, and don't ever burn treated wood.  It's a carcinogen. Enjoy your time, but do it correctly.”

Hillard suggests that residents take a moment to read the Ohio guidelines so they understand the current open burning regulations. 

“But each city can have stricter ordinances, so it’s important to also check your local ordinances with the city or township or where you live,” Hillard explains.  “This brochure just has the state law.”

Hillard says that the firefighters don’t typically go out looking for fires that are against regulations, but if they are out and about and they notice something that looks like it would be an issue, they will stop.

“We have issues every now and then, but we don’t have too big of a problem,” the fire Marshal says.  “If there is an issue with what you’re burning or the amount of smoke it’s producing, we will ask you to put it out.  If you can’t put it out, we will put it out.”


Hilliard expressed that campfires, bonfires, and enjoying the outdoors is a great way to spend autumn nights in Sylvania. 


“It is fun for the whole family,”  Hillard added.  “But you need to  know what you’re doing, and know what you’re allowed to do. ”


See the state brochure below or click here for the PDF printable version of state guidelines.

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