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Windsor Fire and Rescue Services would like to remind residents that open-air burning is not permitted within the City of Windsor.

Use of devices such as chimineas, outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, bonfires etc. are 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. 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. Attached are photos of approved and non approved appliances.

For further information residents can contact our Fire Prevention Division at 519-253-6573.

Click the button below to view and download examples of approved outdoor cooking appliances and non-approved devices (PDF).

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