Think Safety When Cleaning up or Burning Storm Debris
Injuries don't just happen during a storm, they can easily occur during the cleanup phase. But following the simple rules below and exercising caution can greatly reduce your risks of getting hurt.
- Make sure you have a valid permit before burning storm debris. You can obtain a burning permit at any NCFS office or permitting agent, or online.
- Check with local officials to see whether outside burning is prohibited.
- Don't burn on dry, windy days.
- Don't let debris accumulate for several days before igniting. It can become compacted and wet, increasing air pollution and making the fire burn longer.
- Consider alternatives to burning. Some types of debris, such as leaves, grass and stubble, may be of some value if they aren't burned.
- Only burn yard debris. It’s illegal to burn household trash or other man-made items.
- Be prepared before burning. To control the fire you will need a hose, bucket and a shovel for tossing dirt on the fire.
- Never use kerosene, gasoline, diesel fuel or other flammable liquids to speed burning.
- Stay with your fire until it is completely out.
If you have large debris that needs to be cut but are not familiar with safe chain saw use, it is recommended that you consult a professional for the work.