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Calgary Fire Department Warnings

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To help reduce outdoor fire risks during the summer season, the Calgary Fire Department is reminding citizens to use caution when disposing of smoking materials and when using outdoor open flames, including barbeques and backyard fire pits.  
“Improper disposal of smoking materials such as tobacco products is the leading cause of outdoor fires in Calgary,” says Carol Henke, public information officer for Calgary Fire.

 To better protect your homes, the Calgary Fire Department recommends that homeowners:

• Use a deep, wide, sturdy metal container filled part way with sand or water to discard cigarette butts in. Never put them or other smoking material in plant pots, peat moss, or your lawn or garden.
• Do not store propane tanks, firewood, or yard waste next to your house.
• Prune all tree branches within two meters of the ground and plant new trees at least three meters apart.
• Assess potential fire hazards within 30 meters of your home, including natural debris, trees and other structures.
• Never discard cigarette butts out of your vehicle window.

When building an outdoor fire pit, the Calgary Fire Department recommends that homeowners:

• Build into the ground, on brick or stone, or in a fire-proof container.
• Place the fire pit two meters away from your property line, house, garage or fence.
• Do not build the fire pit under any trees, branches, plants or other materials that can catch fire.

Additionally, all fire pits should burn clean, dry firewood, use a spark guard according to the City’s Community Standards ByLaw and should always have a hose or bucket with water close by to put out the fire.

Through the spring and summer seasons, the Calgary Fire Department will monitor weather, moisture indices in fuels and the Air Quality Health Index to determine if fire bans are necessary. For more information on Calgary fire bans and fire safety advisories, or contact 311.

Remember to always call 9-1-1 to report a fire, and have a safe and happy Canada Day!

This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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