Here’s how to keep that Canada Day outdoor fire, barbecue safe this weekend in Oakville


Published July 1, 2023 at 9:00 am

Oakville residents should remember to supervise barbecues and fires at all times this Canada Day weekend. PEXELS PHOTO

Oakville and the rest of the country is celebrating Canada Day on Saturday (July 1) and what is more traditional than grilling some steaks or burgers on your backyard barbecue or sitting beside a nice warm outdoor fire while camping.

While there’s nothing like grilling up some mouthwatering food  or roasting marshmallows over an open fire with family and friends and enjoying the long weekend, safety must come first to ensure at all times.

Always remember to supervise barbecues and fire at all times. Here are some more safety tips from the Oakville Fire Department you should follow to when sparking up the barbecue or outdoor fire:


  • Check propane tanks for leaks at the beginning of each season and after every tank-change.
  • Supervise lit barbeques at all times.
  • Set up barbeques on non-flammable surfaces.
  • Propane tanks should be stored and transported in the upright position.
  • Propane tanks and barbeques should be stored outside of your home at least one metre away from any building. They may also be stored in ventilated, detached buildings, such as sheds or garages.
  • Propane and charcoal barbeques should only be used outdoors.


Recreational burning

  • Smoke and odour from outdoor fires is to be contained to the property of origin and cannot impact neighbours’ ability to enjoy their property.
  • Burning is to be between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Maximum fire pit size to be two feet by two feet by 16 inches high and no more than eight inches above grade.
  • Only charcoal or clean, dry, seasoned wood without preservatives can be burned.
  • Burning must be at least three metres from adjacent properties and any combustible materials.
  • A charged water hose or 2A fire extinguisher should be nearby.
  • Burning must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Burning must happen in favourable weather: no fog, no smog alert, winds to less than 30 km/hr.
  • Smoke may not obscure roads and homes. Sparks may not travel to nearby homes.
  • Open air burning is permitted at ground level only.

For more helpful tips, watch the Oakville Fire BBQ Safety video on YouTube.

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