Spring cleaning your yard? Mississippi Mills Fire Department is advising to contact them regarding any restrictions and bylaws governing open-air burning before starting fires or burning brush.
“With spring outdoor cleanup starting, we know some folks choose to burn brush and yard debris on their property,” explained deputy fire chief/fire prevention officer Bob Machan.
Cleaning up debris and limiting the level of flammable vegetation surrounding your home is a good practice, especially in the urban-rural interface areas. But make sure the way you do it is safe — for you, your home, your neighbours, and the surrounding area.
As per the Mississippi Mills open-air burning bylaw, to be authorized to burn, call the fire department and leave a message after the prompts at 613-256-1589 ext. 3 and leave your name, phone number and address.
Open-air burning can include the use of burn barrels, outdoor fireplaces, and cooking fires not involving the use of a barbecue. Some outdoor appliances used are not recommended because there is potential for personal injury, property damage and increased risk of a grass fire.
“Whether in the backyard of your home, cottage or at the campground, make fire safety a priority,” said Machan. “Open-air burning, especially if left unattended, can become difficult to control and can result in a serious widespread fire.”
Always keep fire safety in mind, and contact Mississippi Mills Fire Department for more information or any questions you have about our open-air burning requirements.
For more information, contact the fire department at 613-256-1589.
Submitted by the Mississippi Mills Fire Department