Understanding Fire Regulations

Understanding Fire Regulations

Understanding Fire Regulations for your Backyard Gatherings

understanding fire regulations

Now that summer is around the corner, you’re likely beginning to plan a few outdoor gatherings. However, if you plan on grilling outside, you have to be aware of the area’s fire regulations.
Fire Regulations in Toronto

Fire regulations do differ from one area to the next throughout Canada. In Toronto, all forms of open air burning, such as outdoor fireplaces, bonfires, fire pits and chimneys, are not permitted. However, you may be able to obtain permission from the Toronto Fire Services Fire Prevention Division. It’s worth nothing that meat smokers are not considered open air burning.

Gas fire pits that are ULC and CSA approved are permitted under the fire code. They do however need to be supervised at all times. Keep in mind that all solid fuel-burning appliances are not acceptable.


Grilling Safety

You can grill outdoors, but you need to follow precautions to avoid a fire risk. If you plan on holding an outdoor barbecue, then make sure that you follow these fire safety tips:

  • Clean your grill. If you haven’t used your grill in a while, then make sure that you clean it By doing so, you will remove the dirt and debris that may have built up over the winter months. You may need to use a pipe cleaner to remove any spider webs that have built up inside the burner and burner tubes. Don’t forget to clean the burner ports as well.
  • Check the barbecue hose. Carefully inspect the barbecue hose to make sure it’s in good condition. The hose can pose a serious danger if there are cracks as this can lead propane or natural gas to leak out. If ignited, it can result in huge flames that could easily injure someone nearby.
  • Check the connections. Make sure all the connections are tight and be wary of any leaks. To discover leaks, brush a mixture of water and soap onto the connections and hoses. If you spot rising bubbles, it means that there is a leak and your grill will need to be repaired.
  • Check your propane tank. If your grill uses propane, then make sure the tank isn’t rusty or damaged or else it will need to be replaced.
  • Place the grill in a safe area. Make sure that there’s nothing flammable nearby the grill when you light it. Keep it away from your home’s exterior and from any trees or plant life.
  • Always monitor the grill – Make sure that there is an adult keeping an eye on the grill at all times. If nobody is watching, a child or pet could knock it over by accident. This could of course lead to injuries or even a potential fire.


If you’re planning on hosting an outdoor gathering this summer, remember to always keep the city’s fire code in mind.



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