Leduc Fire Services: Don’t start a fire by putting one out

Monday, April 8, 2019

This spring, Leduc Fire Services would like to remind citizens to make fire smart choices when enjoying their outdoor space.

“Major fires can be caused when planters are used as ashtrays, so we’re encouraging residents to prevent those fires before they happen,” says Deputy Fire Chief Gerry Kelly with Leduc Fire Services. “For anyone who is a smoker or if you have smokers in your life, we’d like you to think about where you’re butting out.”

Fire services suggests creating a butt bucket as a way of encouraging safe disposal of any smoking materials in your outdoor space. A butt bucket consists of a metal or clay bucket or pot, filling it three-quarters of the way with a non-combustible material, such as sand, and then placing it in a safe location on your deck/patio (not sitting or hanging on the exterior of the building).

“Fire safety is important year-round. However, fires caused by smoking materials are more prevalent during the warmer months as it brings smokers outside,” says Kelly. “In Leduc, we don’t believe in waiting for an incident to occur before educating the community, and due to our efforts over the years we’re fortunate to have so many fire-conscience residents who are aware of the dangers and want to do all they can to minimize their risks.”

Other helpful tips:

  • Always wet butts and matches before discarding them in a garbage container
  • Always keep lighters, matches and smoking materials out of a child’s reach
  • Never discard smoking materials on the ground, in garages or in dry, grassy areas
  • Never throw smoking materials outside a vehicle window

For more information, visit Leduc.ca/fire or call 780-980-8475.

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Leduc Fire Services is an integrated department dedicated to providing community and emergency services with a vision to become a recognized leader in fire and emergency medical services. Our motto is ‘Our Family Protecting Yours.’ You can find us online at Leduc.ca/fire, Facebook.com/LeducFireServices and Twitter (@LeducFire).

MEDIA CONTACT:
Mariann McLaughlin, Corporate Communications
780–980–7171
mmclaughlin@leduc.ca