The following information covers general precautions against fire, as it pertains to open flame and outdoor cooking device use in Ocean City, in accordance with the International Fire Code 2015: New Jersey Edition and the NJ Uniform Fire Code:
SECTION 308: OPEN FLAMES
308.1 General. Open flame, fire and burning on all premises shall be in accordance with Sections 308.1.1 through 308.4.1 and with other applicable sections of this code. (IFC 2015, NJ Edition)
308.1.4 Open-flame cooking devices and outdoor fireplaces. Charcoal burners, other open-flame cooking devices and outdoor fireplaces shall not be operated or stored on combustible balconies or decks or within 5 feet of combustible construction.
308.1.4.1 Liquefied-petroleum-gas-fueled cooking devices. Portable LP-gas cooking equipment such as barbecue grills and outdoor fireplaces shall not be stored or used:
Exception: Detached owner-occupied one- and two- family dwellings.
Rules for Fire Pits - Open Burning. There are multiple rules regarding fire pits in the State of New Jersey depending upon the fuel the pit burns, the size of the container the fire is in, and whether or not the fireplace structure is permanent and approved. Permanent masonry outdoor fireplaces are regulated by local zoning and NJ Uniform Construction Code (UCC) requirements and need a permit prior to construction. Natural gas fueled fire bowls and log sets are also regulated by local zoning laws and the UCC. Citronella candles and other types of small table‐top candles are permitted, but adequate clearances should be maintained to combustibles.
All other forms of open burning are regulated by the NJ Uniform Fire Code (UFC) and enforced by NJ State Fire Marshal’s Office. Open burning of any kind is prohibited on public property, including beaches, beach paths, streets, sidewalks and public recreation areas. Open burning includes, but may not be limited to portable open burning clay solid fueled fireplaces known as “chimeneas”, small round “campground” fireplaces, bonfires, elevated torches known as tiki torches, and sky lanterns (also known as Kongming or wish lanterns), or rubbish. Bonfires are not permitted to be lit or maintained without a permit from Ocean City Fire Officials. With approved open burning: use only clean wood, follow manufacturer’s specifications for the appliance; and products of combustion must not cause offense to neighbors. In addition, the burning of leaves or other waste vegetation is prohibited.
Under normal circumstances, tours are given during regular business hours at any of the three Fire Stations within the city. However, due to COVID-19 all tours have been suspended until further notice.
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