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State of DE Citizens' Guide to Open Burning

Citizens' Guide to Open Burning Domestic Open Burning by Homeowners Open burning activities that are allowed include: Cooking fires such as barbecue grills. Campfires, patio fire pits, or chimenea. Ceremonial bonfires conducted by established groups such as schools, Indian tribes, or other recognized organizations. Burning of small amounts of yard waste/garden debris (less than 27 cubic feet of material in total) such as cut or fallen tree limbs or trimmed shrubbery from a residence. This total represents the size of a fire that can be reasonably extinguished with a garden hose. (NOTE: Such burning is banned during the Ozone Season, and when permitted (Oct. 1-April 30), is allowed only between 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) Materials illegal to burn at any time, anywhere in Delaware, are: Leaves Grass Clippings Stumps Logs Household garbage/trash Waste lumber Piles of yard waste exceeding 27 cubic feet of material in total Yard waste not generated by the homeowner’s residence Land-clearing debris Notifying the County Fire Board Before conducting an open burning activity (except BBQs, patio fire pits and chimeneas) a homeowner must notify the local County Fire Board. New Castle County 302-571-7331 Kent County 302-734-6040 Sussex County 302-856-6306 Seasonal Restrictions There is a restriction against ALL open burning during the Ozone Season (May 1-Sept. 30), with the exception of cooking fires (BBQs), recreational campfires and ceremonial bonfires. Prohibitions to Open Burning The burning of waste and/or garbage has been prohibited in Delaware since the first open burning regulations were established in 1967. The open burning of leaves and grass clippings is prohibited. Open burning of land clearing debris except as done to develop land for the purpose of establishing agricultural operations. Open burning is prohibited statewide during the Ozone Season from May 1-Sept. 30 each year. Open burning is also prohibited on Air Quality Action days when the State’s air quality has been forecast by the Regional Air Quality Partnership (AQP) to be unhealthy. Forecasts are provided on this website and also by calling the Air Quality Partnership Information Line at 1.800.872.7261. Check the forecast daily and take the proper actions to determine if an action day has been forecasted prohibiting open burning activity. The Delaware State Fire Marshal may also issue a burning ban prohibiting open burning activity in one county or statewide. The National Weather Service may issue a red flag warning cautioning against open burning activity due to unfavorable weather conditions that may result in dangerous fire conditions. When Open Burning Is Criminal Violators of open burning restrictions will be targeted by DNREC’s Environmental Protection Officers for flouting the burn law. Penalties range from $50-$500, plus a possible criminal record with conviction. To report illegal burning, citizens can call the 24-hour Open Burning Hotline at 1-800-662-8802. Verizon cell phone customers can call toll-free #DNR. Please understand that some these, while allowed, may still fall under State regulations before you begin. Visit DNREC's website for more information. http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Air/Pages/OBCitizensGuide.aspx


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In an emergency, firefighters must often gain access to your secure building or home in a timely manor. The KNOX-BOX® from the Knox Company is a system to provide the Fire Department access while eliminating damage. This entry system allows us to quickly and efficiently provide help reducing damage or provide help in the event of a medical emergency.

Local fire companies can hold master keys to all such boxes in their response area, so that they can quickly enter a building without having to force entry or find individual keys held in deposit at the station.


From the Knox Company Website:

"Property Owners
The KNOX-BOX® rapid entry system is a secure emergency access program developed for property owners and fire departments. When a fire breaks out or there is a medical emergency, Knox® products allow immediate entry into buildings and property without forced entry damage or delay. Property owners store entrance keys, access cards and floor plans in high-security Knox-Boxes mounted near building entrances. Each KNOX-BOX purchased by a property owner is keyed to a single master key controlled by the fire department.

In addition to key boxes and vaults, Knox padlocks and key switches operate with the same master key. There are so many gated communities today that fire and police departments are delayed when responding to emergency calls. Increased property damage and even total loss is a threat when property is not accessible.

The Knox Rapid Entry System was developed to save property and lives."


For any questions regarding a installing a Knox System, please call our station at (302)-998-3140.


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