Fire

NOTE: No day time burning is permitted between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. between April 1 and October 31. There is absolutely no burning allowed at anytime during a fire ban.

Keep up to date on the MNRF forest fire danger rating.

The Forest Fire Danger Rating is determined using factors such as the relative humidity, temperature, previous 24 hour rain amount, wind direction and wind speed in combination with the forest fuel type and loads to determine the risk of the forest to certain fire types.

Fire Ban Levels

You can find our fire danger level sign on Highland Street, in Haliburton, in front of The Echo.

 

Burning Regulations

 

During a fire ban, none of the burn regulations below are permitted.

No daytime burning between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m between April 1 to October 31.

All burning in Dysart (any time of the year) must be,

  • Limited to one fire, smaller than two (2) meters in diameter and must be attended at all times by a competent person with adequate equipment to extinguish the fire (this person responsible for any damages)
  • Away from combustible material, buildings, property lines and roadways by at least three (3) meters.

To report a complaint about daytime burning contact the fire department as per below contacts. If it is an emergency call 911.

For full details of the Dysart open air burning regulations, see By-Law 2019-25.

 

Smoke Alarms

Most fatal fires occur at night when people are sleeping. A working smoke alarm will detect smoke and sound to alert you.  It is the law for all Ontario homes to have working smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. This covers single family, semi-detached and town homes, whether owner-occupied or rented.

 Choose the Best Alarm

There are two different types of smoke alarms to choose from.

  • Ionization Smoke Alarm: uses a small amount of radioactive material to ionize the air between two electrically charged plates, causing a measurable current to flow between plates. When smoke enters the chamber, it changes the flow of current, which is detected and activates the alarm.
  • Photoelectric Smoke Alarm:uses a light source that is aimed away from a sensor in a sensing chamber. When smoke enters the chamber, it reflects the light onto the sensor, which is detected and activates the alarm. Photoelectric smoke alarms are better suited for high humidity areas.
 Where to Install Smoke Alarms

Because smoke rises, it is recommended you place the alarms on the ceiling. Avoid ceilings near bathrooms, heating appliances, windows and ceiling fans. Smoke alarm’s need to be installed outside every sleeping area and on every floor of the residence. Always install the smoke alarm on or near the ceiling in accordance with the manufacturer's installation instructions.

Where to Install Smoke Alarms

 

 

Maintain Your Smoke Alarm
Test your smoke alarms monthly by pressing the test button. Replace the batteries annually when you change your clocks in the spring.  Smoke alarms do expire, even if they still function by using the test button, all smoke alarms (battery or hard wired) must be replaced after 10 years.

Dust can clog a smoke alarm, so gently vacuum alarms annually using a soft brush. Never vacuum electrically connected alarms unless you shut off the power. Test your unit when finished cleaning. When installing, testing, and maintaining smoke alarms, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms

Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, natural gas, propane, kerosene, heating oil) burn incompletely.

If you have fuel burning appliances, or an attached garage, you are required by law to have working CO alarms outside every sleeping area.  

Where to Install CO Alarms
Since carbon monoxide moves freely in the air, the suggested location is as near as possible to sleeping areas of the home. The human body is most vulnerable to the effects of carbon monoxide during sleeping hours. To work properly the unit must not be blocked by furniture or draperies. Carbon Monoxide is virtually the same weight as air and therefore the alarm protects you in a high or low location. Always install the CO alarm in accordance with the manufacturer's installation instructions. 
 Maintain Your CO Alarm
Test your CO alarms monthly by pressing the test button. Replace the batteries annually when you change your clocks in the spring.  CO alarms do expire, even if they still function by using the test button, all CO alarms (battery or hard wired) must be replaced after 10 years.

Dust can clog a CO alarm, so gently vacuum alarms annually using a soft brush. Never vacuum electrically connected alarms unless you shut off the power. Test your unit when finished cleaning. When installing, testing, and maintaining CO alarms, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

What Should I do if My Carbon Monoxide Alarm Starts Beeping?

ALWAYS REACT TO A CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM THAT HAS ALARMED! GET OUT OF YOUR HOME AND CALL 911 FOR ASSISTANCE.

If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for.  Call 911 for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel declare that it is safe to re-enter the home.

 
 Reducing CO in Your Residence
  • If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open.
  • During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.
  • A generator should be used in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings.
  • Gas or charcoal grills can produce CO — only use outside.
  • A carbon monoxide alarm is a good second line of defense. It is not a substitute for the proper care and maintenance of your fuel burning appliance(s).  Take the time to learn about the care and maintenance of the fuel burning appliances in your home.
 

Services Provided

Generally, Municipal Councils establish and fund fire departments to deliver local fire protection and prevention services. These services include:

  • Running local public fire safety education and fire prevention programs
  • Providing fire suppression services
  • Conducting inspections to enforce the Fire Code

Municipal fire departments provide other services that are necessary depending on the needs and circumstances of the communities they serve. Some of the additional services provided by Municipality of Dysart et al Fire Department are:

  • Vehicle firefighting
  • Grass, brush firefighting
  • Basic medical assist with defibrillation
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Vehicle extrication
  • Water and ice rescue - shore based
  • Public assistance
  • Participation in community emergency plan

Due to the fire department’s reliance upon volunteer firefighters, the topographic, geographic configuration of the municipality, the weather, road conditions, gated driveways, the level and amount of equipment at the department’s disposal, and other budgetary constraints, the services listed may be provided as limited services.

As a preventative measure, always ensure access to your home, including driveways, stairs and walkways to allow emergency crews to get to you as quickly and safely as they can.

Volunteers have a flashing green light that they display in the window of their vehicles en route to the fire hall or accident scene. Pay attention and if you see these lights, pull over immediately.

Public Education

Fire Safety and Public Education from the Ministry of the Solicitor General.

History

In 1956, Tom Chambers, the Chief of the Fire Brigade died in a fire at the Bank of Montreal on Highland Street. (A plaque in his memory was placed on the wall in the Village Square in 2015). Following this tragedy, a new department was formed under the leadership of Sid Roberts. Medical calls, responded to in a station wagon, were part of the service until 1968 when they became their own entity. With Joe Iles in the role of Chief, a new pumper was purchased for $26,000 in 1972. It was at this time that a new hall was started behind the arena to replace the fire hall that was located under the town hall at the corner of Maple Avenue and Mountain Street. Fire Chief Howard Roberts took over in 1976 through until 1985 when Mike Stinson picked up the reins. At that time, Haliburton housed a van that the County had just purchased for extrication. A year later, a major fire burnt the Stedman’s store on Highland Street and spread to the hardware store and Pollards clothing store and the real estate office. After that fire, two new pumpers were purchased and the Fire Hall was expanded. In 1989 Lloyd Baker (Buck) was appointed Chief for a brief period until 1991 when Chief Miles Maughan took over and served as Fire Chief until 2016. Presently, Chief Mike Iles leads the Volunteer Fire Department. Lots of changes over the years, with the biggest being that it now costs close to half a million dollars to replace a fire truck.

14 Members of the Dysart Fire Department Practicing Ice Safety Training03/20/2021

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