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Arson Awareness Week
Fire Prevention Fees, Forms and Permits
Flexible Corrugated Stainless Steel Gas Tubing (CSST)
National Fire Prevention Week Theme
Open Burning Standards in Norwich Township, Brown Township and City of Hilliard
Storm Recovery

Arson Awareness Week

The U.S. Fire Administration is pleased to announce the theme for the 2019 Arson Awareness Week - "Preventing Arson at Construction Sites."  For more information, visit their website at www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/arson_awareness


Fire Prevention Fees, Forms and Permits

Below are the available forms used by Norwich Township Fire Prevention.  Please complete the appropriate form and return it, along with payment, to the Township Administration office located at 5181 Northwest Parkway for processing.  If you have any questions regarding these forms, please contact the Norwich Township Fire Marshal at (614) 876-3331 or email Bureau@NorwichTownship.org.

Acceptance Test Request Application
EMS Knox Box Release from Liability Form
Above/Underground Storage Tank Permit Application

Central Station Permit to Receive Remote Fire Alarm Signals
Please complete the above form to obtain your Central Station Permit to operate in the Norwich Township Fire Department jurisdiction that includes Norwich Township, Brown Township and the City of Hilliard.  This form, along with your fire alarm customer list, should be emailed to Bureau@NorwichTownship.org.  Norwich Township accepts checks, made payable to Norwich Township, or credit card payment.  Payments should be mailed to 5181 Northwest Parkway, Hilliard, OH, 43026.  If you have any questions regarding these forms, please contact the Norwich Township Fire Marshal at (614) 876-3331 or by email at Bureau@NorwichTownship.org.

Norwich Township has partnered with PayPal™ to provide you with an easy way to make a payment for this Central Station Permit.  If you would like to pay by credit card, click the Pay Now button below to continue with your payment.


Flexible Corrugated Stainless Steel Gas Tubing (CSST)

Norwich Township in cooperation with the National Association of Fire Marshals urges all property owners with buildings and homes constructed after 1989 with yellow CSST installed to have the tubing checked for proper bonding and grounding. All are encouraged to have these systems checked by a qualified and licensed electrician.

Yellow CSST is a flexible metal gas tubing used in many homes and buildings since 1989. It is used to supply natural gas or propane to furnaces, water heaters and/or other gas appliances. We urge caution that you do not confuse yellow CSST with the flexible appliance connectors used in many homes.

Direct or indirect lightning strikes involving a structure have been shown to cause an electrical current to travel into the structure and upon reaching yellow CSST tubing, have in some cases caused a perforation in the sidewall of the tubing as it arcs to another metallic system seeking ground. This arcing can ignite the pressurized gas leaking from the perforation and in some cases has caused a significant fire.

Equipotential bonding of metallic systems in a structure reduces the likelihood of electrical arcing between those systems. Therefore, since 2009, new or modified installations of CSST have been required to meet the specifications for bonding and grounding as stated in the 2009 NFPA-54 National Fuel Gas Code (sec. 7.13.2) and the manufacturer’s installation requirements.

Although previous installations of yellow CSST prior to 2009 were installed to code requirements at the time of their installation, it is recommended these systems be checked for proper grounding to meet the current building codes and manufacturer’s requirements and ultimately to enhance your safety. Licensed electrical contractors should be contacted to make the correct determination on proper bonding of the system. Costs associated with performing this inspection and potential repair vary between service companies. It is suggested to compare prices for this service before selecting a company to perform a safety check of your system.

For additional information, please go to www.CSSTSafety.com.

The following manufacturer’s links may be referenced in order to determine the manufacturer’s installation requirements:

• www.wardmfg.com
• www.gastite.com
• www.tracpipe.com
• www.tru-flex.com
• www.metalfab.com


National Fire Prevention Week Theme

The 2019 National Fire Prevention Week Theme is "Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and Practice your escape.”  For more information, visit the National Fire Protection Association's website at www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week.


Open Burning Standards for Norwich Township, Brown Township and the City of Hilliard

Open Burning Permits for recreational fires, campfires, outdoor fireplaces are not required. Open burning fires (i.e. recreational fires, camp fires, outdoor fireplaces) must be fueled by clean seasoned firewood, natural gas or its equivalent.  Total fuel areas shall be no larger than 3’ in diameter and 2’ in height. The location for these types of open burning shall not be less than 25’ from any structure and provisions must be made to keep the fire from spreading.  Fires in approved containers (i.e. chiminea, fire bowls, and metal fire pit) shall not be less than 15’ from any combustible structure or placed on any combustible structure.

A permit for open burning in Norwich Township, Brown Township, and the City of Hilliard shall be obtained for bon fires.  The area of these fires shall be no greater than 5’ in diameter and 5’ in height. These fires shall not be conducted within 50’ of any structure and provisions shall be made to keep the fire from spreading.  Permit applications are available at the Township Administration office located at 5181 Northwest Parkway or by clicking here.  Completed applications must be returned to the Safety Services Building five days prior to the open burn.  Permits are processed during normal business hours only (8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday).  If an application is received less than five days prior to the day of the open burn, the applicant will be assessed a fee of $10.00. 

Some open burning is still forbidden.  Open burning that is offensive or objectionable due to smoke or odor emissions when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous is prohibited.  The code official is authorized to order the permit holder or the fire department to extinguish any open burning that creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation.

Under Ohio law, there are certain materials which may not be burned anywhere in the state at any time.  These items are:

•  Residential waste within city limits - such as tree trimmings, stumps, brush, weeds, leaves, grass, shrubbery and material from crop or livestock production
•  Garbage – any wastes created in the process of handling, preparing, cooking or consuming food
•  Materials containing rubber, grease and asphalt or made from petroleum, such as tires, cars and auto parts, plastics or plastic-coated wire
•  Dead animals

Other Restrictions:

•  Open burning is not allowed when air pollution warnings and when restrictions by the Ohio EPA are in effect
•  Fires cannot obscure visibility for roadways, railroad tracks or airways
•  No waste generated off premises may be burned

Types of Fires and Descriptions:

•  Agricultural – Agricultural wastes and plant matter such as tree trimmings, stumps, brush, weeds, leaves, grass, shrubbery and material from crop or livestock productions.  This includes fence posts and scrap lumber, but does not include buildings, land cleaning wastes, dead animals or animal waste. Fire must be more than 1,000 feet from neighbor’s inhabited building. Must notify Ohio EPA in advance.
•  Ceremonial – Wood stack no larger than 5 ft. high x 5 ft. wide. Duration no longer than three hours. Use clean, seasoned firewood or equivalent. Must notify Ohio EPA in advance.

The Ohio EPA has the authority to enforce open burning laws. Illegal open burning can result in substantial penalties. If you have any questions, please contact the central district office of the Ohio EPA at 1-800-686-2330 or 614-728-3778 or visit their website at www.epa.ohio.gov/dapc/general/openburning.


Storm Recovery

After a severe storm passes through, the safety of residents is most important to Norwich Township.  Specifically, when the power is out, residents must take extra precautions to remain safe.

Generators are used to provide temporary power. Carbon monoxide can build up quickly when these are placed near buildings. Norwich Township Fire Department recommends that portable generators be placed at least 10 feet away from any building and away from open windows and doors.

Electric/Power Cords
The use of electric or power cords to supply power to neighbors is not recommended. Cords run across streets and properties may not have the proper rating to supply the amount of power being drawn  These cords will also be damaged when vehicles travel over them.  Frayed wire in these cords will eventually lead to over-heating and fire. These activities create significant fire hazards.

Candles and Alternate Lighting
Battery operated lighting sources are recommended. Flashlights, battery powered camp lanterns, and similar equipment are a much safer alternative to candles and fuel-powered lanterns.

Kerosene and Propane Equipment
Alternative heat and power sources that use combustible fuels require adequate ventilation. Open windows and avoid using these in living spaces. Use extreme caution any time this equipment is used.

Traffic Signals
Be cautious when approaching intersections that have no power.  These intersections should be treated as 4-way stops. 

In addition, storm recovery and cleanup do not exempt residents from open burning.  Regulations on open burning are still in place.  Burning fresh tree limbs, branches and leaves create several fire and environmental hazards.  For more information on Norwich Township's Open Burn Policy, please contact the Norwich Township Fire Marshal at (614) 876-3331 or email Bureau@NorwichTownship.org.


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