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Bbq on Balconies

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Introduction
“The Ontario Fire Code Article 2.6.3.4.” states open air burning shall not be permitted unless approved, or unless such burning consists of a small confined fire, supervised at all times, and used to cook food on a grill or barbecue." The term 'approved' means approved by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) which is the local fire department. The Ontario Fire Code dose not regulate the barbequing on the balconies, however, some cities prohibit it. For example, city of Guelph, London and Kitchener Ontario prohibit barbequing on balconies. The both City of Guelph By-law adds, "Notwithstanding subsection 2.6.3.4. of the Ontario Fire Code, no person shall light, ignite or start, or permit to be lighted, ignited or started, a fire in a grill or barbecue for the purpose of cooking food on a balcony of any building containing two (2) or more dwelling units. "Barbecue includes any metal frame for cooking over heat or flame, whether such heat or flame is produced by gas, electricity, wood or otherwise."

Background
During the summer season residents are likely to enjoy cooking on barbecue grills. In most of condos and apartment, barbecuing on balcony has been prohibited because of its potential fire hazard. There are several ways to barbecue like charcoal, propane, and electrical. Even though fire code and municipal by-laws are not permitted barbequing on balcony, residents enjoy their food. In this report, we research whether cooking on balcony is really dangerous enough to prohibit by law. For instance, my apartment (Jay Kim’s), tenancy rules and regulation states “Tenants shall not use the balconies or porches for the hanging or drying of clothes, nor for the purpose of cooking, nor for the use of barbecues. Only seasonal furniture is to be allowed balconies.” Report

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