Guelph Fire asks residents to use caution if cooking outdoors

Outdoor, recreational fires not allowed in Guelph

Guelph, Ont., July 5, 2016 – In the interest of public safety, the Guelph Fire Department is encouraging residents—when cooking outdoors—to use appliances (e.g. barbecue) that are connected to propane, natural gas or electricity.

Even though open air burning for cooking is allowed, with the hot and dry weather that Guelph and much of the province is experiencing there is an increased risk of a fire burning out of control. Cooking over an open flame can cause wind-blown embers to land on nearby grass and plants, which can start a fire.

The Guelph Fire Department also reminds residents that the use of outdoor fire pits, chimineas and other devices are not allowed in Guelph at any time of the year. In addition, fireworks are not to be lit or used, except on observable holidays or when approved by the fire chief.

If the fire department receives a burning complaint and responds, the owner/tenant of the address will be asked to extinguish the fire immediately. Failure to comply with open air burning regulation is an offence for which a person can be charged under the Ontario Fire Code. Fines can be up to $50,000 and/or imprisonment for up to one year.

To make a burning complaint, contact the fire department at 519-763-8111. In the event of an emergency, call 911. To learn more about open air burning in Guelph, visit guelph.ca/fire and click on safety prevention > at home > outdoor fires.

For more information

John Osborne
Deputy Fire Chief
Emergency Services
519-824-6590 extension 2140
john.osborne@guelph.ca