Windsor Fire and Rescue Services are sending out a reminder to residents that open-air burning is not permitted within the City of Windsor.
They warn that use of devices such as chimineas, outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, bonfires and others are all considered open air burning and are therefore not permitted. Failure to comply with open air burning regulations is an offense for which a person may be prosecuted under the Ontario Fire Code and subject to a fine of up to $50,000.
“The purpose of this requirement is to protect people, property and the environment.” stated Fire Chief Bruce Montone. “Unauthorized open air burning concerns include fire exposure hazards from sparks and embers, property damage and the potential for a grass fire as well as environmental concerns from smoke.”
The use of appliances designed for outdoor cooking such as a gas-fired, propane, or charcoal barbecues is allowed, and residents are reminded to remain near their barbecue when cooking and to keep barbecues a safe distance away from homes and other combustible materials.