Open Burning Prohibited
Horsham Township Fire Prevention Code strictly prohibits “open burning” within the boundaries of our municipality. It does however, provide provisions allowing for residents and homeowners to conduct small, controlled “campfires” or “recreational” type fires (weather permitting) on their property. These permitted recreational fires are strictly subject to the following conditions:
- Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 15’ of a structure or combustible material.
- The fire may be no larger than 3’ in diameter and no larger than 2’ in height.
- Only suitable materials such as seasoned firewood or artificial fire logs can be used as fuel and the smoke generated by the fire cannot be objectionable.
- Portable outdoor fireplaces / fire pits shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. This includes the mandatory use of the fire screen.
- All recreational fires must be attended AT ALL TIMES by a responsible adult.
- An extinguisher source (garden hose, ABC fire extinguisher, water buckets, sand, etc.) must be readily available close by while the fire is burning.
- A recreational fire cannot be utilized for any type of waste disposal purposes such as household trash or yard waste.
Kindly see that you adhere to these very specific requirements when conducting your outdoor recreational fires. Violation of these regulations can result in a citation being issued for the offense.
The Township issues permits to authorize neighborhood block parties. The Township requires that nothing be placed in the street which would prohibit emergency vehicles from having access.
Consumer Fireworks may only be purchased from a licensed retailer in the State of Pennsylvania by "out of state" residents. The possession and use of consumer fireworks without a proper permit is prohibited in Horsham Township. The term "consumer fireworks" shall mean and include:
(1) any combustible or explosive composition or any substance or combination of substances intended to produce visible and/or audible effects by combustion and which is suitable for use by the public that complies with the construction, performance, composition and labeling requirements promulgated by the Consumer Products Safety Commission in 16 CFR (relating to commercial practices) or any successor regulation and which complies with the provisions for "consumer fireworks" as defined in the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) Standard 87-1, or any successor standard. (eg. firecrackers, bottle rockets, skyrockets, and roman candles to name a few.)
(2) The term "consumer fireworks" does not include devices such as "ground and hand-held sparkling devices," "novelties," and "toy caps" which are permitted for sale and use in Horsham Township.