As temperatures are warming up, homeowners are taking their spring-cleaning efforts outside.
That’s prompted the State Fire Marshal’s Office to urge Tennesseans to be cautious when burning tree limbs, lumber and other debris. The office also reminds folks that state law a requires a burning permit from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry .The state takes outdoor fire risk seriously, pointing out that negligent outdoor burning can lead to death, injury, property loss and environmental damage. Burning without a permit could result in local authorities citing violators to court.
Here’s a checklist of precautions to ensure your outdoor burning plans are conducted properly:
• Check with the local fire department for any restrictions and obtain proper permits;
• Inform your neighbors about your outdoor burn;
• Closely supervise all outdoor fires;
• Supervise children around any fire outdoors, including campfires, fire pits, chimineas and outdoor fireplaces;
• Avoid burning on windy, dry days;
• In the unfortunate event a fire does get out of control, call 911.
Information was provided by Fire Chief Jay Moore
The mission of the Lawrenceburg Fire Department is to protect lives, property, and the environment of Lawrenceburg, and if requested, Lawrence and surrounding counties.
- Controlling hazardous materials incidents
- Extinguishing and investigating hostile fires
- Mitigating the effects of natural disasters
- Presenting life safety education programs
- Providing first-responder services to people experiencing potential life-threatening medical emergencies
- Rescuing persons in danger
In performing our daily tasks and while on emergency incidents, we will always be professional and courteous to each other, the persons we are assisting, and the public in general. In pursuing our mission, we commit to these guiding principles:
- To always treat our citizens with courtesy and respect
- To take personal responsibility in attaining organizational goals and pride in our work
- To work towards improving the quality of service that we provide through the highest quality training available
On behalf of the entire department, 'Thank-you' for the privilege of serving you.