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A Reminder About Open Burning and Residential Outdoor Lighting

September/October 2014

By Rob Durning, Director of Community Services

As summer winds down, a tranquil and unremarkable autumn would feel about right. As we move toward our traditional time of leaf burning, here are some things to keep in mind:

Open Burning – 1. Open burning is allowed for “landscape waste” between 8:00am and 8:00pm. 2. The fire must be continuously attended 3. At least one fire extinguisher with a 4-A rating, or two 2-A rated extinguishers, or a garden hose must be present 4. If wood is being burned, it must be seasoned (not green) 5. Garbage and other non-landscape waste must not be burned 6. The burn area must be confined to an area no larger than 5’x5’x5’. 7. Fire rings and open fire pits must be located at least 50’ from any structure (at least 15’ of clearance is required for enclosed burning) and not be located under low lying tree branches. 8. Bonfires are not allowed other than by special permit from the Village. For more details, click on our municipal code on our website, in title 5, or feel free to contact me. Don’t forget to take in the beauty of autumn in Riverwoods before you get your rake out.

Outdoor Lighting – Speaking of good neighbors, please be aware of your outdoor lighting and the effect it may have on your neighbors. If you notice your neighbor reading the newspaper at night with the lights off, that’s not a good sign. Here are some things to keep in mind: 1. Tree, facade and security-mounted lights should be aimed down, with no direct line of sight from another property. 2. Tree mounted lights should shutoff by 10:00pm. 3. Security-mounted lights should be shielded if the center of the beam is closer than 30’ to the property line and higher than 45 degrees horizontal. 4. Light pole fixtures should not be higher than 12’. 5. A maximum of two security lights are allowed per lot. 6. A maximum of 0.1 of what is referred to as “foot candle” illumination is permitted as spillover lighting on your neighbor’s property. If the 0.1 figure is exceeded, you may need to not only aim light fixtures down, but also to reduce the overall amount of illumination on your property. For more details, click on our municipal code on our website in title 5, or feel free to contact me. When the leaves fall and the snows arrive, things will only get brighter.

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