Fireworks, Explosive Devices, and Open Flames Prohibited in SSL
Restrictions in place through the 2021 Fire Season
After careful consideration, the South Salt Lake Fire Department has determined that the current existing hazardous environmental conditions such as low humidity and moisture content of vegetation, fireworks, explosive devices, and open flames create a safety hazard to the community.
Pursuant to South Salt Lake Municipal Code §8.18.090 giving authority to the Fire Chief, during times of adverse fire and hazardous environmental conditions, regarding meteorological conditions, moisture content of plants and soils, and extreme fire danger throughout Utah, in the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the public; effective immediately and in effect until further notice, fireworks, explosive devices, and open fires are prohibited within the municipal boundaries of the City of South Salt Lake. Residential barbecues are the only exception.
Violations of these restrictions may result in fines and cost recovery of fire-fighting expenses for negligently started fires and may also result in the filing of criminal charges.
The order I brought forward is supported by City Administration and the majority of the City Council via Resolution No. R2021-07 passed on June 23, 2021.
It is the exception for City Officials to take such expansive action. The drought conditions we are experiencing are worse than most of us have seen in our lifetime. 90% of Utah is in an extreme drought. Our reservoirs are visibly lower than prior years and there is no telling how long this drought will last.
As Fire Chief, I am sworn to protect life and property. I am dedicated to ensuring the safety and peace-of-mind of all South Salt Lake residents. For these reasons, I brought forward the Fire Restriction Order to protect the safety of everyone in South Salt Lake. We are asking you to skip personal fireworks this year and make sure everyone can enjoy a safe and fun holiday!
SSLFD Chief Terry Addison
South Salt Lake Fire Department
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- Operations - Active firefighting, medical and rescue operations
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A Message from Fire Chief Terry Addison
As people turn back their clocks on Sunday, November 1st, South Salt Lake Fire reminds the public to review and refresh their fire safety plan for fall.
Preparedness tips include:
Change smoke alarm batteries – When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms provide early warnings so people can get outside quickly. Check each alarm battery and test them monthly to make sure they are working.
If a fire alarm starts chirping on its own, it is warning you to replace batteries immediately.
Prepare an escape plan – Create a home escape plan and designate a meeting place outside to gather in the event of an emergency.
Be warm and safe – Cooler months are just around the corner, keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment like the furnace, fireplace, or space heater.
Never use your oven to heat your home, and have your heating equipment cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional.
Thanksgiving preparation – On Thanksgiving Day, many families customarily spend the holiday inside their home or the home of a friend or family member with dinner being the highlight.
Thanksgiving is the leading day for home fires involving cooking equipment by at least three times the average number per day. If you plan to use a deep-fryer to cook your turkey this year remember that turkey fryers must always be used outdoors and at a safe distance from buildings. Make sure the fryer is placed on a flat surface and never leave it unattended. Don’t overfill the fryer with oil and keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease or oil fire.
The men and women of the Fire Department hope you and your family have a wonderful, safe Thanksgiving Holiday!
Chief Terry Addison brings over 23 years of public service experience to the South Salt Lake Fire Department where he has served as a Hazardous Materials Technician, Heavy Rescue Technician, Arson Investigator, Station Captain, Battalion Chief and Deputy Chief.
Prior to his time with South Salt Lake, Chief Addison proudly served in the United States Air Force as a Special Operations Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) member before becoming Fire Chief in 2020. He holds a POST certification from the State of Utah and has extensive experience at the federal and municipal level. Chief Addison also served as a member of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force for the District of Utah for over four years and was named “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” in 2010 by the United States Marshal Service. For over 13 years he served as a tactical operator and team medic for the South Salt Lake Police Department’s SWAT team. Since 2000 Terry has been a Chief Instructor for Roco Rescue, where he has trained numerous emergency responders throughout the country in confined space and rope rescues.
Chief Addison holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Fire Administration and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) Degree in Emergency Services Management from Columbia Southern University.
He and his wife are the proud parents of two children. His outside interests involve hiking, traveling, and spending time with his family and dogs.