Pesach 2022 Lakewood Chometz Burning Sites and Safety Tips

With the Pesach Holiday season upon us the Lakewood Board of Fire Commissioners in conjunction with Fire Chief Jonathan Yahr, Fire Prevention Coordinator Jacob Woolf, Fire Department Chaplain Rabbi Moshe Rotberg, members of the Lakewood Fire Department and the Office of the Ocean County Fire Marshall remind the community to be mindful of the following hazards to ensure a safe Chametz Burning experience.

Only use the following sites that has been pre-designated and authorized by the Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office. These sites will be open on Friday, April 15, from 7AM to 12PM:

Parking Lot of Jersey Shore BlueClaws Stadium

Patrick Park (Vine Street);

D’zio Park (New Hampshire Avenue & Locust Street);

Sunset Road Synagogue (Khal Zichron Yaakov);

Private Way and 7th Street – BMG

Clifton Avenue and 10th Street – BMG

Brook Road Park (Frank Bartolf Park); and

Pine Park.

The Fire Department asks that only Chametz which must be burned as required be placed in the burn sites. We have seen people throw all types of garbage into the fires in previous years. This contributes to larger than necessary fires that increase the risk of injury.

DO NOT throw any flammable or combustible items into the fire or any bottles, both glass and plastic.

DO NOT throw any cans (i.e., baked beans, soups, etc.) into the fire as these may explode and lead to hot liquid being expelled into the crowd.

DO NOT wrap your bread in silver foil as it will not burn.

The Fire Department would like to remind everyone that unauthorized burns are illegal. However, if you must burn the Chometz on your own, only use a portable, outdoor, solid-fuel-burning fireplace that may be constructed of steel, concrete, clay or other noncombustible material. Fireplaces (i.e., fire pits, chimeneas, charcoal barbecue grill, etc.) shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and shall not be placed within 15 feet of a structure (i.e.: house, shed, deck, etc.) or combustible material. Do not leave barbecue grills unattended and keep children as well as pets away. Avoid wearing loose fitting clothing when igniting and using a fireplace. Make sure fireplaces are extinguished before leaving.

The Lakewood Fire Department wishes all a Happy, Healthy, Safe and Peaceful Holiday.

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  1. In order to ensure a safe Pesach burning experience, I would like to add to the fire department’s safety tips and offer up some advice that I have offered up previously. I would like to remind the community of the following burning hazard:
    Consumption of wine, matzoh and marror can lead to excessive burning in the gut. Make sure to keep a bottle of pepto bismol – or perhaps something less constipating – with you at all times during the seder.
    As far as excessive consumption of food is concerned, avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing during the seder, and try to wear loose fitting clothing to allow room for the belly to expand comfortably. And make sure not leave the afikomen unattended in order to keep the thieves at bay.
    And keep all pets away from the matzoh.
    Wishing all a happy, healthy and gastrointestinally safe holiday,
    From an anonymous safety advice tipper

    • Regarding my comment above, I’m not sure if all, or any, Pepto Bismol products are kosher for passover – so make sure to take an antacid medicine that is permissible on passover, whichever medicine it might be.

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