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The use of fire pits shall be limited to UL Listed commercially manufactured containers or built-in fire pits approved through the building permit process. Most commercially manufactured fire pits come with a mesh screen. Mesh screens control sparks of the popping fire wood and flying embers that could cause a fire elsewhere.
The use of properly selected fire wood, which is dry and well-seasoned (aged), will minimize the development of smoke. Oak and Hickory fire wood produce less smoke, popping, and sparks than unseasoned or soft woods like pine or cedar. It is unlawful to build, light or burn any rubbish, construction material, leaves or other combustible refuse anywhere in the Village. Treated wood can give off a poisonous smoke and shall not be burned.Fire Pit Safety Tips:
Keep in mind many people suffer from medical conditions where smoke can affect their breathing. Thus, be courteous to your neighbors and inquire if they have any medical conditions that may restrict your fire.
Finally, the Village of Palatine has a nuisance ordinance that if any open burning becomes offensive or objectionable, the Palatine Fire and Police Departments are authorized to order the extinguishment of a recreational fire, including built-in fire pits.