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Recreational fires for single family homes are allowed in the city when the following provisions are followed:
Note: State-issued burning bans do not impact this policy. However, please be mindful that high winds and/or dry conditions require extra attention and safety for even the smallest fire. If in doubt, put it out! Questions about recreational fires can be answered at (952) 953-2600 during regular business hours.
The city ordinance prohibits any type of open flame on any balcony, above ground-level, or on any ground-floor patio within 15 feet of a structure where two or more units exist on more than one level. Open flames are prohibited unless each of the separate dwelling units has its own private means of ingress and egress. Fuel storage is also prohibited in such structures.
Electric or gas-fired barbecue grills that are permanently mounted, wired, or plumbed to the building’s gas supply or electrical system and maintain a minimum clearance per manufacturer instructions may be installed on balconies and patios when approved by the Fire Marshal. Please also check with your building management on allowing a mounted unit.
Home owner associations (HOA) and building management may be more restrictive than city ordinance.
Questions can be answered during regular business hours.
First, make absolutely certain that there is no smoke in the area. If you cannot be certain, call 9-1-1 to have a fire truck respond with the monitors and other appropriate equipment they carry to ensure that there is not a smoldering fire.
Detectors that chirp when there is no smoke probably are:
Questions about smoke alarms can be answered at (952) 953-2600 during regular business hours.
Smoke alarms have an average lifespan of 10 years. You can check the manufactured date on the back of the alarm. Questions about smoke alarms can be answered at 952-953-2600 during regular business hours.
Please shovel the hydrant clear of snow! The City of Apple Valley does not have staff assigned or available to clear hydrants as there are more than 2500 hydrants throughout the City. We ask and encourage all neighbors and business owners to work together to maintain a 3-foot clearance around each hydrant year-round. In the case of multi-family communities (townhomes, condominiums, apartments, etc.), it is the management’s responsibility to ensure that hydrants remain clear and ready for use.
No. Apple Valley city ordinance requires that fire hydrants have a 3-foot clearance around them at all times. You are encouraged to talk with your neighbor about this, or are welcome to contact the Fire Department or Code Enforcement for assistance. Questions about obstructed fire hydrants can be answered at 952-953-2600 during regular business hours.
Yes. The fire prevention division has developed a fire safety education program that is incorporated into station tours for guests of all ages. These tours can be scheduled by calling 952-953-2600 or by email.
The Apple Valley Fire Department does not have the certified staff to assist with infant car seat installation. The Apple Valley Police Department does have staff that are certified to properly install infant car seats.