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Don’t Forget: Bonfires, Open Air Burning Are Not Allowed In Windsor

Monday July 4th, 2016, 3:09pm


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Windsor Fire and Rescue Services is sending out another reminder to citizens that open-air burning is not allowed within the City of Windsor.

Fire pits, chimineas, outdoor fireplaces and bonfires of any kind are considered open air burning and are not permitted.

The fire department warns that the penalty for breaking the open air burning law can result in prosecution under the Ontario Fire Code, with fines up to $50,000.

“The purpose of this requirement is to protect people, property and the environment,” says 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, however. The department says residents are reminded to remain near their barbecue when cooking and to keep barbecues a safe distance away from homes and other combustible materials.

Some appliances, approved by TSSA and CSA that are propane or natural gas only and are not being used for cooking purposes are considered to be approved for use.

The fire department has put together a list — with photos — of approved and not-approved outdoor cooking appliances. You can find that list here.

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