Regina allows barbecues on balconies, some Ontario cities ban
It doesn't look like there are any plans to ban barbecuing on apartment balconies in Regina, an issue raised after a blaze was sparked in a Regina high-rise.
Three apartments were scorched in Regina Monday night and the fire department believes it was caused by a barbecue on a balcony.
A prohibition on barbecues on balconies is in place in other cities, including Kitchener and Guelph in Ontario.
Guelph has had a ban on barbecues since the late 1980s after numerous complaints from tenants about the smoke and inconvenience.
Guelph’s 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," said Osborne.
He explains that puts those living above the fire or explosion -- if it happened -- at risk.
Osborne says since the ban was enacted, there really hasn't been any further complaint.
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," said Osborne.
Osborne adds the bylaw allows for tenants to barbecue outside on the ground floor or on the barbecues available in city parks.
Edited by CJME's Karen Brownlee.