Fire Prevention

FIRE PREVENTION
HELPFUL LINKS

BBQ Safety

Burning Permit

Campfire Safety

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Cooking Safety

Electrical Safety

Fire Bans

Holiday Fire Safety

Home Fire Escape Plan

Open Air Burning Requirements

RV Safety Information

Seasonal Property Fire Tips

Smoke Alarm Information

 

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.


Fire Restrictions

From April 1st to October 31st in any year is considered "Fire Season".  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:

  1. a responsible person is available to tend the fire until it is extinguished;
  2. the material is burned in a single pile that is less than two (2) metres in diameter and less than two (2) metres high;
  3. the fire is started not earlier than two (2) hours before sunset, and is extinguished not later than two (2) hours after sunrise the following day, or earlier;
  4. the fire is at least two (2) metres from any flammable materials;
  5. the person tending the fire has tools or water adequate to contain the fire within the fire site;

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 Burn Permit.  The fee for a burn permit is $50.00.  Please note that the Fire Department requires a minimum of two (2) business days to process permits.

Fire Prevention Week 2018: Oct 7-13

This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme focuses on three fundamental actions people can take to be fire-safe:

1. LOOK for potential fire hazards around your home. Take action to prevent fire from starting:

  • Always stay in the kitchen while cooking. If you must leave, turn off the stove.
  • Encourage smokers to smoke outside. Always extinguish cigarettes in large, deep ashtrays that cannot be knocked over.
  • Check electrical cords for damage such as fraying or nicks. A damaged cord can expose wires and result in a potential shock or fire hazard.

2. LISTEN for the smoke alarms in an emergency. Make sure everyone knows the sound of the smoke alarms and can hear them in an emergency. Early detection of fire provided by smoke alarms gives you the extra seconds you need to get out safely.

3. LEARN two ways out of every room. Practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your home before a fire starts so you and your family can get out quickly.

Fire Prevention Week is a great way for our community to take action to prevent fires and reduce loss.