The new regulation, 527 CMR 17, took effect last September and prohibits the new application of mulch within 18” around combustible exteriors of buildings, such as wood or vinyl but not brick or

concrete. Residential buildings with six units or less are exempted from this regulation, but all homeowners may also wish to adopt these safety practices. The regulation applies to all other

buildings including commercial properties… more

Many thanks to the reference for this article, written and released by the Office of the State Fire Marshal – Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Office of the State Fire Marshal. “Preventing Mulch Fires.” The Massachusetts Government Website, February 2013. Accessed October 8th 2013