Fire Safety for Temporary Outdoor Structures

Fuel fired heating devices (propane, natural gas, solid fuel, kerosene) are not normally allowed within the foot print of the structure, tent or canopy. Electrical heaters can be used as long as they have proper clearance, and are plugged directly into an outlet.
Extension cords should only be used temporarily and unplugged at least nightly from the outlet where they are connected. They should not be permanently attached to the structure. 
Extension cords should not be plugged into or serve multi-plug adapters (remote power taps).
Extension cords should be placed in a way that doesn’t create tripping hazards.   
The fabric or structure of the tent or canopy should be of a material that is non-combustible and have a certifying tag attached. Typically the blue, green and brown tents purchased locally do not meet this requirement.
Smoking or open flames are prohibited inside of the canopy/tent (IF 3104.6 and IFC 3104.7)
The structure, tent or canopy should be placed no closer than 20 feet to the existing building (IFC 3103.8.2). 
Be aware of wind speed which can tip over or collapse these structures very easily.  This could potentially trap or injure individuals inside. 
It is recommended that Fire Extinguishers In the size of 2A:10BC be present and installed in the structure(Conspicuous and no higher than 5 feet). 
Exit path from the structure, tent, or canopy area should not be back into the building and should not be obstructed by chairs or tables. Illuminated exit signs/floodlights should be operational and have working battery backup. 


Please contact the Fire Prevention at 509-585-4302 or complete this inquiry form.

You can also contact our Building and Planning Department at 509-585-4280 or complete this inquiry form