Swatara Township receives its fire protection from five volunteer fire companies whose members, like Ben Franklin, believe in the "neighbors helping neighbors" philosophy.
OPEN BURNING IS PROHIBITED
As a reminder to Swatara Township residents, OPEN BURNING IS PROHIBITED. The burning of yard waste or household items in open pits or burn barrels is prohibited. Recreational fires are authorized as long as an approved container is utilized. If you are not sure, please call the Fire Marshal. If you are going to have a recreational fire, please follow these regulations:
- Approved Container
- Fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible materials.
- Conditions, which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure, shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
- Constantly attended until the fire is extinguished
- A minimum of one portable ABC fire extinguisher or garden hose shall be available for immediate utilization.
- While conducting a recreation fire, please be considerate of your neighbor, your smoke may be offensive.
- When using barbecue grills on decks or patios, be sure to leave sufficient space from siding and leaves.
- Keep children and pets far away from grills.
- With charcoal grills, only use charcoal starter fluids designed for barbecue grills and do not add fluid after coals have been lit.
- With gas grills, be sure that the hose connection is tight and check hoses carefully for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and have the grill repaired by a professional, if necessary.
Fireworks lead to thousands of injuries requiring emergency room treatment, according to the National Fire Protection Association. These dazzling, but dangerous devices can burn up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit and can cause burns, lacerations, amputations, and blindness. Stay safe by always leaving fireworks to professionals.
- Stay back at least 500 feet from professional fireworks displays.
- Treat all fireworks, whether legal or illegal for consumers, as suitable only for use by trained professionals.
- If you find fireworks, do not touch them but instead direct authorities to them.
- Leave any area where amateurs are using fireworks.