Following the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Open Fire advisory issued on April 22, 2020, the City of Corner Brook would like to advise that Open Fires are not permitted within the City Limits from June 1st to August 31st as per its Fire Prevention Bylaw. However, outdoor firepits are still permitted within the City providing the following guidance is adhered to:
- An outdoor fireplace must be designed for its type of use.
- The fireplace must be made of a non-combustible material or fire-rated brick, with proper air-flow channels to mitigate smoke.
- The Fireplace must have a device at the top of the vent pipe or over the pit that prevents sparks and embers from being released.
- A responsible adult must supervise the fire at all times.
- Persons must burn only what is referred to as normal combustibles. (ie-wood, paper)
- No petroleum-based material is to be burned in these appliances (ie. Plastic, fuel, etc.)
- The Fireplace must be placed to allow for a minimum of two-metre clearance on three sides and the nearest combustibles must be at least three metres from the wood loading door.
- Extinguishers must be kept within easy access, at all times. This may be in the form of approved Class A extinguishers or a garden hose.
- These outdoor fireplaces shall not be used when wind conditions are such that they may cause embers to ignite surrounding material.
- If the device is placed on a wooded patio deck they must sit on a non-combustible pad such as patio blocks. The blocks must extend 18 inches beyond (In front of) the wood loading door.
- All fire must be extinguished before leaving the fireplace unattended.
- These devices may not be used during times when the Provincial fire weather index is in the high or extreme range. This information can be obtained by telephoning the Provincial Forestry Service at (709) 637-2408.
The responsibility of safe use of the outdoor fireplace lies with the homeowner. This responsibility also applies to any inconvenience to neighbours. Any compliant regarding the use of the device will be investigated by the Corner Brook Fire Department or Municipal Enforcement.
During the months of June, July and August, the City of Corner Brook may advise that residents cease open fires. Fire officials will be constantly monitoring the fire weather index and make appropriate recommendations.
These by-laws only apply within the city limits of Corner Brook. Otherwise, the Province’s new provisions apply. You can find more information about their measures, here.
Further questions can be directed to the Corner Brook Fire Department at 637-1611.