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Open Air Burning

Open air burning is regulated within the municipality. Open air burning will only be conducted with approval of the Chief Fire Official and in accordance with the conditions set out in the Controlled Burn Permit for the Open Air Burning By-law, By-law No. 023-2014

Open Air Burning Information Sheet

Controlled Burn Permit

Completed burn permit applications can be returned in the following ways:

An urgent message from the Thames Centre Fire Department.
A national recall has been issued for 1.5 million Kidde smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarms in Canada because they may not chirp in the case of an emergency. Please visit the link for more information: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kidde-smoke-detector-carbon-monoxide-alarm-national-recall-1.3855041

Reducing the Risk of Fire on Your Farm:

Find out about how to Reduce your Risk Of Fire on Your Farm:



Find out about Ontario’s New Carbon Monoxide Alarm Law & What It Means To You

As of April 15, 2015, all Ontario homes at risk of carbon monoxide (CO) exposure must have CO alarms installed near sleeping areas, or risk penalties.This new law makes carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all Ontario homes with fuel-burning appliances or attached garages, no matter the age of the home.

‘Get To Know CO’ three part series covers ‘Complying with Ontario’s New CO Alarm Law’, ‘Sources and Symptoms of CO’ and how to ‘Protect your Family with CO Alarms’.

See the following links:
“How to Comply with The Law” : https://youtu.be/ziYxm10lXb8
“Sources and Symptoms"  : https://youtu.be/TrmquAQvyLU
“Protecting Your Family "  : https://youtu.be/VWKzozF87Do
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Randy Kalan
Fire Chief
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Fire Department
The Fire Department is lead by Chief Randy Kalan. Through his District Chiefs – Ken Armstrong & Tim Churchill and our volunteer fire fighters, Thames Centre provides fire suppression services, along with first responder services to the whole municipality. Fire prevention services are provided by the County of Middlesex.

Emergency Management

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Smoke Alarm Legislation
This new amendment to the Fire Code comes into effect on March 1, 2006. After that date, fire departments will be enforcing the regulation in communities throughout Ontario. Every home in Ontario must have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. IT’S THE LAW
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It is the responsibility of homeowners to install and maintain smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside sleeping areas.

Be sure that your street address number is clearly visible to fire/rescue workers.

It's important to hold family fire drills at least two times a year. If you have very young or elderly people in your home, assign someone to help them. If there's a fire, get everyone out of the home, then call the fire department. Make sure at least one window in every bedroom can be used for easy and fast escape in case of fire. Be careful not to overload electrical circuits. Lights that flicker or dim indicate trouble that must be corrected.

It is the responsibility of landlords to ensure their rental properties comply with the law.

If you are a tenant of a rental property and do not have the required number of smoke alarms, contact your landlord immediately. It is against the law for tenants to remove the batteries or tamper with the alarm in any way.


When installing smoke alarms, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for information about correct placement. Test your smoke alarms every month using the test button. Replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, and whenever the low-battery warning chirps. Smoke alarms don’t last forever. Replace smoke alarms with new ones if they are more than ten years old. Steam from the shower or cooking in the oven, stove or toaster can cause smoke alarms to activate. DO NOT REMOVE THE BATTERY. Instead, try moving the alarm to a different location, or purchase a smoke alarm with a hush feature that will temporarily silence the alarm. For further information about dealing with nuisance alarms, visit the Ontario Fire Marshal’s website:


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