Use of Fire Pits and Portable Heating Devices that use Solid, Liquid or Gas Fuels Prohibited

As the weather gets colder and residents are trying get the most use of the outdoors during the ongoing pandemic before the temperatures drop too low, the Cambridge Fire Department has been fielding a lot of inquiries on the use of Fire Pits, Chimeneas and other outdoor portable heating devices on residential property.

The use of fire pits, chimeneas and portable heating devices that use solid, liquid or gas fuels is prohibited in the City of Cambridge. There are two regulations that prohibit their use. One is a regulation of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, 310 CMR 7.00. The other regulation is by virtue of MGL, Chap. 148, Sec. 28 which authorizes the head of the fire department to make rules or orders that prevent or remedy any condition in or about any building, structure or other premises or any ship or vessel which may tend to become a fire hazard or cause a fire. Cambridge is a densely built up community. Use of these devices presents too much of a danger for them to be allowed.

Similarly the storage or use of grilles, hibachis and other outdoor cooking devices, including electrically powered ones is prohibited on porches, decks or balconies. When used they must be 10 feet away from buildings or combustible materials.

We encourage residents to be proactive with regard to fire prevention and fire safety. If you have any questions, please contact the Cambridge Fire Department at

Page was posted on 10/26/2020 1:10 PM
Page was last modified on 10/26/2020 1:12 PM
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