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Outdoor dining comes with a set of rules

Tents can be a fire risk


Last updated 1/2/2021 at 10:41am

Jana Hill

Tents allow restaurants to serve diners, while adhering to COVID-19 restrictions. Rules around tent use are one of the many adaptations for business owners.

As Mill Creek area restaurants set up for outdoor dining to ride out the remainder of the pandemic, they are tasked with learning a new safety rules.

Jana Hill

Tents give businesses a chance to keep some of their customers as COVID-19 spread persists, and indoor dining bans continue.

Tents can be dangerous if they catch fire or collapse, and to prevent that, the rules on tent use are spelled out. The City of Mill Creek has posted a document by Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue to help with that new set of rules. Those rules include the presence of fire extinguishers, and the rule that no open-flame heat or lighting can be used in the outdoor tents.

Electric heaters and lights are okay, with some requirements for where extension cords can pass.

Tents in Mill Creek that are larger than 400 square feet require a permit through Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue. Through the duration of Governor Jay Inslee's COVID-19 Pandemic Proclamation. Those renting tents are advised to inform the company they are renting from, to assure that they are not being charged the permit-fee through that agency.

More information is available through the Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue document listed here:


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