An outdoor fire can be a great way to entertain your guests in your backyard or on your patio. In fact, outdoor fireplaces allow you to enjoy your entertainment area all year round. Despite strict regulations and restrictions for outdoor fireplaces that have been put into place, there should be nothing to stop you from enjoying a blazing fire.
Safety for citizens comes first for the Australian Government, and we agree — for this reason, we have listed a few basic outdoor fireplace regulations you should know before setting up an outdoor fire:
- Pay attention to the media
The Government urges you to pay attention to the media for code-red days in which no fires are permitted. This depends on the season, the weather, etc. in which no fires, including solid or liquid fires, are permitted.
- Extinguish fire before you leave
On “total fire-ban” days, you must ensure that the fire is properly extinguished to reduce any risk of danger. (Please note, this only applies for outdoor wood fires – see below)
- Adult supervision
There needs to be at least one adult present during an open fire. This adult shall also be solely responsible for running the fire.
What you should know is that on “total fire ban” days, you may still have a fire –yes, that’s right. But only if you have:
- Gas or electrical fires
- A permanently-fixed stone structure or any other non-flammable structure.
- A commercially-designed structure prepared specifically for preparing meals.
- The area must be 10m from anything that may be potentially flammable.
- The area must be within a supply of 10 litres of water
If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding outdoor fires, you should contact the Department of the Environment.
Jetmaster offers a range of outdoor gas or wood fire heating options to suit your backyard, patio or entertaining area. What’s more, we include an array of decoratively designed outdoor fireplaces to suit your entertaining style. For example, we offer a Horizon patio outdoor gas fire, which has the added benefit of not requiring a flue system.
The ambience produced by any outdoor fire is breath-taking and something worth investing in. It also has the potential to increase your property value—and let’s be honest, all Australians love spending as much time as we can outside!
Feel free to check out our range of outdoor fireplaces online or visit us instore.
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