Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Open Air Burning Requirements
Fire Prevention and Inspections
The goal of fire prevention and inspections is to educate the public to take precautions to prevent potentially harmful fires, and be educated about surviving them. It is a proactive method of reducing emergencies and the damage caused by a fire. The only way we can make a fire safe community is by working together and making a fire safe environment, for everyone.
Burn and Firework Permits
Burn Permits are required from April 1 till October 31 each year, even when a Fire Ban is not in effect.
Fee for a burn permit is $50.00, the fine for having a fire without a permit starts at $488.40.
Please download the Burn Permit Application from the Fire Prevention Helpful Links box located to the right.
Firework Permits are required all year, the fee for a fireworks permit is $50.00, the fine for discharging fireworks without a permit starts at $488.40.
Please download the Fireworks Permit Application from the Fire Prevention Helpful Links box located to the right.
PLEASE NOTE: TO PROCESS YOUR BURN OR FIREWORKS PERMIT APPLICATION, WILL REQUIRE 3 – 4 BUSINESS DAYS after payment is processed and the Fire Department receives the application.
Fire Inspection and Enforcement
File Search and Sale of Property Inspection
The Minden Hills Fire Department provides a file search for any outstanding Ontario Fire Code violations against a property. To request a file search we require written authorization from the current owner giving us permission to conduct the search.
Also available are sale of property inspections for Ontario Fire Code violations.
The fee for a file search is $50.00 with cheques payable to Township of Minden Hills (Minden Fire Department).
The fee for a Property Inspection is $75.00 with cheques payable to Township of Minden Hills (Minden Fire Department).
Fire Code Inspection Request/Complaint
The Minden Hills Fire Department is mandated to respond to requests/complaints about fire safety concerns by way of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act.
The fire department’s fire prevention officers can only enforce violations found under the Ontario Fire Code and any fire safety issues posing immediate threats to life.
These violations include items such as maintenance of fire safety systems, smoke alarms, blocked exits, breaches in fire separations or missing fire separations, missing or broken fire doors, severe electrical problems, improperly used or stored flammable liquids or gases, unsafe accumulation of combustible materials etc. If in doubt, please contact us for clarification.
When filing your complaint, consider the following:
- Provide the address of the complaint and any contact information you may have for the owner. While we may have access to records for the owners’ mailing address, it does not provide phone numbers or other contact information.
- While we do accept anonymous complaints, it is helpful when you provide contact information for yourself. Our Inspectors may need to contact you for more specific information or for access into the building.
- If you have a concern about the building that you are living in, please contact us right away. Do not wait until landlord/tenant issues arise. Your safety is our main concern.
- We will not be able to provide you with a letter or copy of the inspection order issued to the owner. This information can only be shared with the registered owner of the property.
- If you have issues with the building such as broken windows, appliances or services (water, gas, etc.) that don’t work, leaking roofs etc., those items are will be addressed through the Minden Hills Fire Department, those are issue to discuss with your landlord.
- As Assistants to the Fire Marshal of Ontario, Fire Inspectors have the right of entry at any reasonable time without warrant for the purpose of inspection. We are not bound by the Landlord Tenant Act requirement of advance notice to enter. While we may make every effort to provide notice, it may not always be possible.
- In most cases, the property owner will be given a reasonable amount of time to comply with any orders. Any issues that affect immediate life safety will need to be addressed immediately (i.e. lack of working smoke alarms, fire alarm or sprinkler systems not functioning, exits blocked, flammable or combustible materials stored that are a fire hazard, etc.)
Please note: Intentionally disabling a smoke alarm is an offence under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act. The property owner may have signed documentation from you that a working smoke alarm was installed when you moved into the home. If the smoke alarm has been disabled or intentionally damaged, you may be held accountable.
Facility/Business Emergency Contact Form
On any given day, the Minden Hills Fire Department responds to emergency and non-emergency incidents at local businesses. These incidents vary from fire alarm and/or sprinkler activations to a working fire or hazardous situation. To assist us in our emergency response, we ask that all facilities and businesses fill out the emergency contact form, which provides us with a contact person’s name, phone number and other information specific to the facility or business.
It is important this information is updated regularly so that the record we have on file is current.
Facility Contact Information Update
Visit the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Public Safety web site for Fire safety tips and information. https://www.oafc.on.ca/public-safety
April 1st to October 31st of any year is considered Fire Season. No person shall set, maintain, or cause to be set or maintained, Open Air Fire between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM unless a Burning Permit has been obtained as authorized by By-law 19-57.
No person shall start a fire outdoors during the Fire Season for the purpose of burning piled wood, brush, leaves or discarded wood products unless:
- a responsible person is available and in attendance at all times until the fire is completely extinguished;
- the material is burned in a single pile that is less than two (2) metres in diameter and less than two (2) metres high;
- only burn wood or by-products of wood;
- fire must be at least three (3) metres from combustible materials, property line, buildings, fences, trees and roadway;
- the responsible person has tools and/or extinguishing agent adequate to contain and completely extinguish the fire; and
- the fire must be completely extinguished before the burn site is vacated.
Any persons setting an outdoor fire shall be responsible for any damage to property or injury to persons, and be liable for all costs incurred by the Fire Department. Contravention of these restrictions will result in fines.
A total ban against outdoor burning may be declared when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances warrant it. It is YOUR responsibility to be aware of fire bans. You can also view the fire meter on the home page of the Township’s website at www.mindenhills.ca.
If you wish to burn during the day you must apply for a Burning Permit. The fee for a Burning Permit is $50.00. Please note that the Fire Department requires a minimum of two (2) business days to process permits.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week (FPW) theme, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” TM is aimed at educating everyone about the simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them, safe in the kitchen.
Unattended cooking is the number #1 cause of fires in Ontario.
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