Huntsville Fire Chief Steve Hernen has a message for all local building owners – clear your exit areas.  Hernen’s department is sending a public message to keep snow from blocking alternate means of escape for tenants.  Ontario’s Fire Code says all exterior stairways, passageways and fire escapes must be free of ice and snow buildup and it’s up to landlords and building owners to make sure it happens.  Hernen says if a fire happens, the department wants tenants to be able to get out of their building.  Clearing exits helps them do that safely and it also helps first responders gain
quick access during emergencies.  Exits should be cleared at least the width of each exit door and exit paths should lead to the nearest public walkway.