Explaining apartment barbecue bans in Ontario cities
So far there are no plans to ban barbecuing on apartment balconies in Regina after a blaze was sparked in a Regina high-rise earlier this week.
There are bylaws prohibiting barbecues for apartment balconies in place in other cities, most notably Kitchener and Guelph in Ontario.
The city of Guelph has had a ban on apartment barbecues since the late 1980s after numerous complaints from tenants about the smoke and inconvenience.
Guelph deputy fire chief John Osborne says there is just inherent danger involved.
"The storage of propane tanks, if there ever was a fire we have propane tanks on balconies that could explode." He explains that puts those living above the fire or explosion if it happened at risk.
Osborne says since then ban was enacted there really hasn't been any further complaints.
In Regina, the city leaves it up to individual condominium boards or building managers to determine whether a ban should be in place.
Osborne argues that creates unfairness and there needs to be uniformity for the bylaw to work.
"To get all tenants to agree that barbecuing is not something they that want to do, that would be extremely difficult," he commented.
Osborne adds their bylaw allows for tenants to barbecue outside on the ground floor or of course on the barbecues available in city parks.
Three apartments were scorched in Regina Monday night and the fire department believes it was caused by a barbecue on a balcony.
Edited by CJME's Adriana Christianson