Firework Displays - The City of Thunder Bay permits residents to set off low-hazard Fireworks, for a private display on their own property without the need for a permit, on New Years Day, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Civic Holiday, Labour Day, December 31, and the three days immediately preceding any of these days. For all other dates, types/classification of Fireworks/Pyrotechnics, locations other than private residential properties, and public displays, a Fireworks Permit is required.
Refer to our FEE Schedule Adobe PDF, 5 pages, 54 KB
Refer to Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Yes, all open burning in Thunder Bay requires a site inspection before a fire permit can be issued. Permit guidelines can be found on our website and at your local fire station.
No. All homeowners are responsible for installing and maintaining smoke alarms in their residence.
We advise you to speak with your neighbour first. If you are unable to do so, contact the fire department.
Contact the Fire Service Public Education Officer email@example.com to make arrangements.
Contact Fire Administration at 625-2103.
Please refer to the Barbecues on Balconies Policy Adobe PDF, 2 page(s), 32 KB
The Office of the Fire Marshal is a branch of the Community Safety division of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Our primary function is to minimize the loss of life and property from fire by assisting Ontario municipalities and fire departments in improving their fire protection and fire prevention services. The OFM provides leadership within government and supports the fire service across the province in meeting the needs of the community.
By administering the Fire Safety Legislation, the OFM supports the functions of municipal fire departments through a variety of advisory, investigation, training and instructional programs. In addition, the OFM conducts research and advises the Ontario Government on standards and legislation relating to fire protection and fire prevention. For more information on the activities of the OFM please visit the "Who We Are" page.
Fire departments are established by municipal by-law under the authority of provincial legislation. They endeavour to improve the quality of life through public education and prevention of fire, and provide a fire-suppression force capable of handling emergencies, which may include structural firefighting, pre-hospital medical assistance, traffic accidents, and response to hazardous materials incidents.
Fire extinguishers should be disposed of properly and not thrown in with regular household garbage. Fire extinguishers have pressure stored inside and can explode under certain conditions.
Most fire extinguisher service companies, which can be found in the yellow pages under fire extinguishers, will dispose of an old extinguisher. However, there may be a disposal charge. In many circumstances the fire extinguisher company will dispose of an outdated extinguisher if an individual is purchasing a new one at the same time.
The frequency of fire drills is governed by the Ontario Fire Code (OFC, 2.8.3). The frequency of required fire drills in residential apartment buildings is typically determined by the building's height. In a low-rise apartment building such as a 3-storey with 16 units, a fire drill is required at least once annually (OFC, 22.214.171.124.(1)). In a high-rise apartment building (which is typically seven storeys or greater) a fire drill is required at least once every three months (OFC, 126.96.36.199.(1)(c)).
If the building was originally a single home and the owner has converted it into separate apartments there are specific things the owner should have done to legalize the conversion. The process includes obtaining various approvals and permits from city zoning, planning, building and fire departments.