Burn barrels are safe and convenient if theyre used correctly. The problem is that many people dont understand how to use them safely. Because common sense isnt always common, many local governments put restrictions in place on how burn barrels can be used. They may even outlaw them entirely.
Are burn barrels dangerous?
Smoke created in a burning barrel can increase the risk of heart disease, cause rashes, nausea and headaches. Dioxins emitted are a carcinogen and can harm everybody but especially pregnant women, children and the elderly.
What do you put under a burn barrel?
When it comes time to use the barrel, non-recyclable plastic, food wrappers and non-recyclable paper and cardboard can all be burned. The idea is to burn one bag of trash at a time. If theres too much trash in the barrel, it wont completely burn.
What should you not burn in a burn barrel?
What Cannot Be BurnedBurn barrels are prohibited.Household garbage such as cans, glass, diapers, furniture, plastics, rubber, tires, tar paper, asphalt shingles, demolition debris, and construction materials (such as treated lumber insulation, paints, coatings, and metal) cannot be burned.
Why is burning in a barrel illegal?
In locations where wildfires are common, burn barrels are often outlawed to prevent sparks from spreading. A burn barrel can cause fires that the owner isnt even aware of until its too late and a new wildfire has started. In environmentally-aware locations, burn barrels might be banned, too.
Can I burn my house down legally?
Property you own. However, to be convicted of arson by burning your own property you must either set the fire for fraudulent purposes, or the fire must lead to someone elses property getting damaged. For example, burning down your home or business with the intent to collect on your insurance policy is arson.