To the editor:
In light of the recent condo fires in Kelowna, there has been much debate over whether residents should be prohibited from having barbecues on their balconies.
Although the underlying cause of these barbecue-related fires is almost always human error, regardless of who or what is to blame, I don’t think anyone can argue that they can present a serious fire hazard.
That said, we use our barbecue very regularly and would likely not purchase a home where they are not permitted. It seems though, that the writing is on the wall and it is only a matter of time before this strata corporation, along with many others, bans barbecues from balconies.
In an effort to keep everyone’s interests satisfied, I suggest that the strata corporations purchase several barbecues and picnic tables (depending on the number of residents) and create an outdoor barbecue area that all residents could use. While it obviously will not be quite as convenient as stepping onto your balcony, it would still allow us to cook outdoors but would eliminate the safety issues and, as an added bonus, would provide an opportunity to get to know our neighbours.