The reader of a Wisconsin newspaper recently asked if it was a good idea for a local coffee shop to build a fire pit in close proximity to an awning and the building, since it could pose as a possible fire hazard. The reader went on to cite a municipal rule that stated that fire pits had to be placed at least 25 feet from any flammable materials. If you’re interested in fire pit installation for your home or business or if you’d like to learn more about your options, the experts at Lawn Connections are here to answer your questions and take care of your needs.
The short answer to the reader’s question is that the coffee shop is legally allowed to continue with their fire pit installation, mainly because they’ve taken the proper measures to ensure that there are built-in safety features. While the local ordinance does state that fire pits have to be installed at least 25 feet from a building, the coffee shop’s fire pit is built with a pull alarm as well as a sprinkler system. With these features in place, a fire can be immediately taken care of and the local fire department can quickly respond if necessary. The article goes on to state that the city of Wauwatosa wants to work with local businesses who plan on installing fire pits and anything else that might be considered hazardous to make sure that the job is done right.