The Fire/Code Official, Andy Nock, is responsible for yearly
fire inspections on all commercial buildings,
including churches. The Fire/Code Official also
issues permits for recreational camp fires,
and investigates all fires within the
Borough. If you have any questions please feel free to
contact us by email.
Some of the most essential fire codes that are
included in the annual fire safety inspection by the
Franklin Park Fire Official are listed in the checklists
below. Commercial property owners and managers should
continuously review this checklist for the safety of the
general public, employees and emergency responders. The (IFC)
numbers refer to the International Fire Code which is
enforced in Franklin Park Borough.
SMALL OPEN BURN PERMIT APPLICATION
ORDINANCE NO. 608-2013- Establishing regulations and
restrictions on open fires and open burning and providing
fines and penalties for violations.
HOW TO MAINTAIN A SAFE AND LEGAL
Small recreational fires are permitted in
Franklin Park Borough, so long as done under adult
supervision and in strict compliance with the Borough's
Open Burn Ordinance. The Open Burning Ordinance includes
Permitted Locations for Open Fires:
Fire pits, rings, and all other receptacles must be at
least 25 feet from the nearest house, structure,
property line, utility, tree or other combustible
Exceptions: While in use, grills,
barbeques and fireplaces used strictly for cooking may be
no less than 5 feet from a house, property line, etc.,
(unless otherwise approved by the Fire Official). Note: NO
Permit is required for portable grills!
One Time Inspection for Open Fire/Fire Pit Location:
Call the Fire Official @ 412-364-4115 Ext. 319 to arrange
for a free site inspection for the proposed fire pit and
location. This is a free, one-time inspection, with a $10
fee per permit which must be obtained three (3) days prior
to having any Open Fire.
Permitted Burning Materials: ONLY dry, clean
logs, twigs or other UNTREATED wood products,
charcoal, or natural gas/clean burning fuel.
Prohibited Burning Materials
(including but not limited to the following):
Absolutely NO treated wood, fresh cut limbs, leaves, green
yard waste, paper, cardboard, plastic, garbage,
construction waste, oil/rubber/petroleum-based products,
or any other material that tends to cause excessive odor
Maximum Size of Fire: Fire
pit, ring or other receptacle no more than 9 square feet
(3' x 3') in area with flames maintained no higher than 3
feet above the hole/pit/ring or other receptacle.
No Excessive Smoke, Odor or
Emissions: Smoke and odors shall be considered
excessive if they contribute more than a negligible amount
of air contaminants perceptible beyond your property line.
Constant Adult Supervision:
Adult supervision is required at all times until fire has
been completely extinguished. Adult property owner is
presumed to be responsible for assuring that all burning
on their property complies with the Ordinance. (You should
also keep a water hose or fire extinguisher nearby).
Time Frame: A recreation
fire may be burned for a maximum of six (6) hours between
9AM and 12 midnight. The fire MUST be extinguished by 12
Police, Fire Official or Code
Officer are Authorized to Order Fires to be Extinguished:
The Police Officer, Fire Official, or Code Officer may
order immediate extinguishment of any unauthorized or
excessive fires or when wind or other weather conditions
RESIDENTIAL COOKING FIRE PREVENTION
- A recent report from the National Fire Protection Agency
showed that between 2010-2012, fires in residential
buildings accounted to roughly 82 percent of all fire
deaths, 78 percent of all fire injuries, and over half or
57 percent of the total dollar loss to property from all
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