Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Open Air Burning Requirements
The goal of fire prevention is to educate the public to take precautions to prevent potentially harmful fires, and be educated about surviving them. It is a proactive method of reducing emergencies and the damage caused by them.
April 1st to October 31st of any year is considered Fire Season. No person shall set, maintain, or cause to be set or maintained, Open Air Fire between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM unless a Burning Permit has been obtained as authorized by By-law 19-57.
No person shall start a fire outdoors during the Fire Season for the purpose of burning piled wood, brush, leaves or discarded wood products unless:
- a responsible person is available and in attendance at all times until the fire is completely extinguished;
- the material is burned in a single pile that is less than two (2) metres in diameter and less than two (2) metres high;
- only burn wood or by-products of wood;
- fire must be at least three (3) metres from combustible materials, property line, buildings, fences, trees and roadway;
- the responsible person has tools and/or extinguishing agent adequate to contain and completely extinguish the fire; and
- the fire must be completely extinguished before the burn site is vacated.
Any persons setting an outdoor fire shall be responsible for any damage to property or injury to persons, and be liable for all costs incurred by the Fire Department. Contravention of these restrictions will result in fines.
A total ban against outdoor burning may be declared when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances warrant it. It is YOUR responsibility to be aware of fire bans. You can also view the fire meter on the home page of the Township’s website at www.mindenhills.ca.
If you wish to burn during the day you must apply for a Burning Permit. The fee for a Burning Permit is $50.00. Please note that the Fire Department requires a minimum of two (2) business days to process permits.
The 2019 Fire Prevention Week works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. The 2019 Theme is "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape"
In Canada, most fire deaths occur in the home, where people believe they are most safe. Canadian fire departments respond to roughly 25,600 structure fires per year. In 2015, structure fires caused more than 1,400 injuries and almost 200 deaths.*
Fire Prevention Week is a great way for our community to take action to prevent fires and reduce loss.
* Fire data for 2012-2016 was obtained from 10 of the 13 provincial and territorial offices of the fire marshal/fire commissioner; 2015 is the most recent year for which injury/fatality data is available.