Can I Have a Fire Pit or an Outdoor Fireplace on My Property?
Yes with restrictions. The only types of outdoor fires permitted are for recreational and cooking purposes.

The Durham Fire Department does not promote the use of recreational fires. If you do decide to have a small recreational fire, be sure to take the following precautions:
  • The fire pit or outdoor fireplace should be located 25 feet from any structure
  • The recreational fire should be constantly attended
  • A fire extinguisher or water hose should be available for immediate use
Fire Code
Be aware that City of Durham fire code officials can order that certain types of fires be extinguished if they create objectionable odors, smoke, or if weather conditions are not favorable. Please refer to the 2012 North Carolina Fire Code (Chapter 3).

For information regarding open burning or fire pits, call 919-560-4242 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. After these hours, contact your nearest fire station (enter your address at Find My Fire Station) and ask to speak with the captain on duty.

How can I Volunteer for the Durham Fire Department?
We are a paid fire department and do not have volunteer firefighters. However, you can contact the following volunteer departments
for information:

How do I Reset the Alarm and/or Replace the Battery Backup?
To reset the unit:
  1. Turn off the power to the smoke alarm at the circuit breaker.
  2. Remove the smoke alarm from the mounting bracket and disconnect the power.
  3. Remove the battery.
  4. Press and hold the test button for at least 15 seconds.
  5. The unit may chirp or alarm for a few seconds before going silent.
  6. Reconnect the power and reinstall the battery.
  7. The unit will chirp once when the power is restored and should not chirp afterwards.
For information, call: 919-560-4242 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.