With the advent of Spring, the Watertown Fire Department would like to provide you with safety
tips before you begin clearing your yards of branches and tree limbs brought down during Winter
-For overall safety, always work with a partner.
-Removing tree limbs overhead or near your home should be carried out by people who are trained in tree removal and safety.
-Do not touch tree limbs that are near any power lines.
-Brush and debris should not be piled against or near any building.
-Brush and debris should not be burned in wood burning stoves or furnaces as the waste is “green” and will accumulate creosote. Creosote is dangerous and promotes chimneyfires.
-The “NO OPEN BURN” regulation by New York State does not allow for yard waste to be burned within the City by any manner until May 15.
-Yard waste should not be burned in your back yard at any time due to safety concerns of dry vegetation and the close proximity of neighboring structures.
-Questions or concerns of any legal obligation related to open burning within the City should be directed to the City’s Code Enforcement Office at (315) 785-7735.
-Questions related to fire safety or safety education programs should be directed to the City’s Public Education Office at (315) 785-7809.
Fire is Everyone’s Fight: We are your resource to assist you in preparation to promote fire safety
plans and programs.