Safety Precautions For Burning Backyard Debris

By Benecia Brown - 21Alive

Safety Precautions For Burning Backyard Debris

September 10, 2013 Updated Sep 10, 2013 at 7:54 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- This time of the year many people begin to burn backyard debris, including trimmings, leaves and brush.

The Safety and Environmental Management Department has tips on how people should do this safely and legally.

Under the county’s open-burning rules, burn piles must be at least 20 feet away from structures, roads and power lines.

Burning is only allowed 8 a.m. through 5 p.m., and must be done during safe weather conditions.

Wind speeds must be less than 20 miles per hour, and water and a shovel should be kept close by to control burning debris if winds unexpectedly change.

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