Oakville Fire department reminds residents of open air burning by-law

Friday, June 25, 2010 – for immediate release

Oakville Fire department reminds residents of open air burning by-law

Along with beautiful and hot summer weather, comes backyard parties and barbecues. With this in mind, the Oakville Fire department reminds residents of the provisions in the town’s open air burning by-law, which ensure open burning devices like fire pits and chimineas are used safely.

Key highlights of the by-law include:

Open burning is permitted at ground level only, not on balconies or raised decks.
Open burning is permitted during favourable weather conditions only.
Open burning must be supervised by a competent adult at all times.
A charged hose and/or 2A fire extinguisher must be nearby when using an open burning device.
All open burning must occur at least three metres from adjacent property and  anything that could catch fire, like a fence, deck, shrubs or trees.
A permit is required for open burning at a special event.

A notice of violation for a first illegal fire, and then fines and charges under the Ontario Fire Code for subsequent illegal fires will apply to anyone who owns or operates land on which open burning occurs that does not comply with the open air burning by-law.

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For more information:

Michael Harrison                                             
Public Education/Special Project Officer
Town of Oakville Fire department               
905-845-6601 ext. 3602
mharrison@oakville.ca


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Oakville Fire department reminds residents of open air burning by-law