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Burning yard waste such as leaves, grass and twigs is not permitted for many reasons, as the smoke poses a threat to human health in high density suburban neighborhoods. Persons burning yard waste will be asked to put the fire out and will be cited. We only allow burning in certain conditions, and zoned agricultural. Composting is a better option, as it returns helpful nutrients to the soil. If you don't know your zoning, contact the Township (616)457-2340.
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We allow home owners to burn brush or yard waste in agricultural zones. If you are unsure with your zoning please contact the township.(616-457-2340) You must get a permit which is issued on a yearly basis. Permits are available at the township offices located at 1515 Baldwin and are free. You must call the Township offices the day you decided to burn. If the fire department is called due to excessive smoke or interference with neighbors you may be asked to put the fire out.
Eastern Ottawa county residents can contact Safe Kids Greater Grand Rapids 616-391-7233 - http://www.helendevoschildrens.org/injuryprevention
Northern Ottawa county residents can contact Safe Kids West Michigan 231-672-4910 - http://www.mercyhealthmuskegon.com/safe-kids-west-michigan
South Holland and Allegan county residents can also contact Allegan County Sheriff's Dept 269-673-0500 ext 4437
Yes all smoke detectors have batteries. Most smoke detectors have a standard 9 volt battery including detectors that are wired to power all the time. These wired detectors need a battery in case of a power outage. You should change the batteries every 6 months.
When should you use the toll free non-emergency number? 1-800-249-0911 The non-emergency number is to assist the public when the use of 9-1-1 is not an urgent request or life and property are not in danger. The non-emergency number is toll free, and answered twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1-800-249-0911 when there is no immediate danger to life or property. (Non-Emergency). Examples: Animal Control calls (no threat to public safety) Miscellaneous Crimes or any type of incident that has occurred at an earlier time/date that needs a police investigation and/or a report. Miscellaneous calls for service where police or fire assistance would be helpful. Informational requests related to police or fire activity.
This problem is compounded in large condominium and apartment complexes. Arriving at a correct address, the engine company finds a huge residential facility with many buildings in the complex. Make sure large identification lettering or numbering is mounted on the side of the building. This is as important as the street address. It would be even better if someone could be standing near the street to direct the fire units to the appropriate apartment.
Call the Georgetown Township Fire Chief, at least three weeks in advance, at (616)457-2340 ext 247.