Fire Season 2015

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FD crest   Service d’Incendie Markstay-WarrenFire Department      Smoke Alarm            

P.O. Box 79, 21 Main Street South, Markstay, Ontario P0M 2G0

Tel (705) 853-4536   853-4666   Fax (705) 853-4964

BY-LAW No. 2014-16

Being a By-Law to Establish Open Air Burning Procedures



The Municipality has an open air burning By-Law; By-Law 2014-16, this by-law regulates times and conditions where residents can burn out doors. Along with that there are Rules and Regulations in which you must adhere to.

The new by-law now enforces burning throughout the entire year, where in the past you needed a permit only from April to November now you need a permit to burn all year long.

If the Fire Department is called out to extinguish a Fire at your residence and it is determined that the Regulations were not followed YOU WILL be CHARGED. Fines are set out in the By-Law.


Visit the Fire Department Web Site to review the By-Law

Bylaw 2014-16.pdf


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The province issues a Red Alert to provide recommended immediate actions to protect citizens, their families and others when there is an imminent threat to life, public safety or property.

When is a Red Alert issued?

Red Alerts are coordinated by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management and can be requested by Community/Ministry Emergency Management Coordinators or issued directly by the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre.

Some situations in which a Red Alert may be issued include:

  • Large fire or explosion
  • Chemical leak or spill
  • Nuclear emergency
  • Transportation accident                                                                      

How is a Red Alert Issued?                                  

Red Alerts can be distributed through:


EMO website, RSS feeds, Twitter, Email notification, Facebook, Television, Radio, Internet media, SMS text messaging


Carbon Monoxide Alarms It’s the Law

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Carbon Monoxide 101

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, tasteless and odourless gas produced when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil or wood have insufficient air to burn completely. This can happen in any appliance or device that burns these fuels such as a stove, furnace, fireplace, hot water heater, vehicle engine, portable generator, etc.

Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea and dizziness, as well as confusion, drowsiness, and loss of consciousness. In high concentrations, it can be fatal.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

CO alarms and smoke alarms are two important safety features that help keep our families safe.

CO alarms range in price from approximately $26 to over $100 depending on whether they are hard-wired, battery operated or plug-in and whether they have additional features (i.e. battery back-up, digital display, etc.). The average mid-range plug-in/battery back-up model is between $35 and $40 per unit.

CO safety is a shared responsibility. Ontarians will be encouraged to learn about the risks associated with CO inhalation and install and maintain CO alarms as required by the new regulation. Homeowners and landlords are now obligated to install CO alarms.

Compliance Timelines

All homeowners who have existing CO alarms must comply with the maintenance requirements effective Oct. 15, 2014. Homeowners may have an existing CO alarm in their homes because it was installed to meet the 2001 Building Code, a municipal bylaw, or because he/she wanted one in their home for their own safety. These new changes now make sure homeowners keep the CO alarm in good working order according to manufacturer's instructions.

Single-family homeowners and owners of residential buildings that contain no more than six suites have until April 15, 2015, to comply with the law's installation and replacement requirements. Owners of residential buildings with more than six suites have until Oct. 15, 2015 to comply.

Bill 77 (Hawkins Gignac Act [Carbon Monoxide Safety], 2013)

Bill 77 (Hawkins Gignac Act [Carbon Monoxide Safety], 2013), amended the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997, to allow the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to require the use of CO alarms. The Ontario Fire Code, a regulation established under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997, has now been amended to include requirements to lessen the risk created by the presence of unsafe levels of CO.

Protect Yourself and Your Family

Install CO Alarms Today

Chimney Cleaning and Ash Disposal

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AND VOLUNTEER Firefighters

The importance of keeping your chimney clean has to be a priority, as the potential for serious property damage and even worse, serious or fatal injuries to you and your family is a reality. Although the chimney fires we responded to recently have had some costly damage, no serious injuries have occurred.

The cost to keeping your chimney clean is minimal because you can do it yourself with a few basic tools, if you call in a professional the costs would be higher, but either way, peace of mind should be the determining factor.

When you have a Chimney Fire you must get it inspected by a professional before you use it again, which can be costly to the home owner as you may have to replace your entire Chimney.

I Again Urge You to Clean Your Chimney and Stove


It is important to not bring ashes to the dump unless they are completely cold, and when arriving at the dump deposit them in the appropriate location, which is separate from household refuge.

Keeping your stove clear of ashes is something that we should be doing on a regular basis.

After your stove has had time to cool down use a metal scoop or shovel and a metal bucket approved for ash storage and handling.

DO NOT KEEP YOUR ASH CONTAINER INSIDE after cleaning out your stove, store it outsider away from any combustibles.

When disposing the ashes make sure to dump them in a safe area not near buildings or other flammable or combustible materials.

Both Chimney Fires and Dump Fires (caused by ash deposit) are PREVENTABLE and carry a HUGE cost to you and the Municipality.






Markstay-Warren Receives New Pumper-Tanker

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On monday July 21, the Markstay - Warren Council and Station 3 of the Markstay - Warren Fire Department were present for the official handover for their new pumper tanker.  The new fire truck is in service at Station 3 in Markstay. 

The new truck is up to the latest standards for firefighting equipment including lighted compartments and work areas, automatic digital pump controls LED lights and enhanced safety feaures.

Message from Fire Chief

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Urgent Message from Fire Chief on Working Fire Detectors
Winter 2008 one of deadliest on record for fire deaths and devastation, please visit the website below a public outreach campaign to help cut through the complacency of fire protection in the home.

 Understanding Health and Heating with Wood
Many Canadians use wood to heat their homes or to simply enjoy a wood fire, but burning wood can also release pollutants into the air we breathe when poor burning techniques are used. Please view information below for vital information of wood burning, what does it mean to be WETT Certified and rebates available.
Burn It Smart and Healthy
Good Firewood - The key to successful wood burning
What does it Mean to Be WETT Certified
Rebate Offer to replace non-certified wood burning appliance

If you are planning to burn, you will require an Open Air Burning Permit which are available at the Municipal Office during regular business hours and at the following fire halls: Awrey on Mondays from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm; Markstay and Warren on Tuesdays from 7 pm to 9 pm. 
Fees:  Incinerator permits (1 year) for $100 and all other permits (10 days) for $25.00

Please be careful when burning - A moment of inattention can be costly.