IMPORTANT: City-wide burn ban now in effect

Ottawa Fire Services has issued a city-wide burn ban. It is effective immediately to prevent the rapid spread of fire due to grass and brush fires. This ban will remain in place until conditions improve and the green grass starts to show through dead tall grass.

All open air fires are prohibited during a fire ban even for those properties that have a burn permit.

There will be zero tolerance enforcement during the open air burning ban.

Debris from winter (fallen tree branches, leaves, etc.) increases the risk of fire spread, so this is a preventative measure to keep people and property safe.

Reduce your risk around the home

Ottawa Fire Services encourages residents to take advantage of weekly yard waste collection and use the following tips to prevent grass and brush fires:

  • Clear all combustible materials such as tree limbs, leaves and other dry materials away from buildings and propane tanks
  • Keep BBQ propane tanks at least 3 m from buildings.
  • Wood piles should stored a safe distance from the home
  • Trees should be pruned to create a good vertical separation from the ground
  • Have a working garden hose and water supply to promptly extinguish any grass fires
  • Clear out any accumulated dry/dead debris from property

For additional tips on disposing yard waste, visit Ottawa.ca.

Cigarettes an ongoing cause of grass fires

Carelessly discarded cigarettes continue to be a major cause of grass fires during these dry periods. Smokers are reminded to please use care when butting out. Do not throw lit cigarettes out vehicle windows. Be sure that cigarettes are completely out and discard in an appropriate waste recepacle.

Permits

During the burn ban, no burning is allowed - even with a permit. Residents are reminded that they must first obtain a fire permit before they have a fire in the open air. Permit holders are then required to call 613-580-2880 prior to burning to ensure there is not a burn ban in effect. Substantial fines may be issued to residents who are not in possession of a valid fire permit or are found to be non-compliant to conditions and regulations within their permit

Fire Permits are available at all Client Service Centres and Ottawa Fire Services Rural Administration Offices. A list of these sites , hours of operation and more information on fire permits can be found on Ottawa.ca/fire or by calling 3-1-1 (613-580-2400).

Fire safety awareness: Ottawa Fire Services may visit your home this week

Firefighters from Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) will be out in the community between September 30 and October 6 to encourage residents to install, test and ensure that smoke alarms in their homes are operating.

This is the second of two eight-day blitzes OFS planned for 2013 as part of its annual Wake Up campaign. The first blitz took place in the spring.

During this period homes throughout the city will receive visits from firefighters. The Ontario Fire Code requires homes to have a working smoke alarm on each floor.

Homeowners who need new or additional smoke alarms will be given information on how to acquire an alarm rebate through the website safetathome.ca. Homeowners who do not have any working smoke alarms may have one immediately installed for them, or be provided with new batteries.

Visits will take place between 6 and 8 p.m. on weekdays and between 2 and 4 p.m. on weekends. Firefighters will be in uniform and residents are not obligated to provide them access to their home. This is a courtesy call only.

Subdivisions built in the last five years are less likely to receive visits. If no one is home when OFS comes calling, fire safety information will be left in the mailbox.

Firefighters visit Ottawa homes in this manner year round and have been doing so since the Wake Up program began in 2005. For more information about smoke alarms and Ottawa Fire Services, visit ottawa.ca.