City of Edmonton Ends Fire Ban
May 23, 2012
The City of Edmonton has lifted a fire ban which prohibited open burning and fireworks in Edmonton.
“The fire hazard in Edmonton has decreased to the point where we’re comfortable lifting the ban,” said Tom Karpa, fire marshal. “Thanks to everyone who educated themselves about the ban and complied with it. Fire bans don’t prevent fires on their own – they only work if the public follows them.”
During the fire ban, the City emphasized compliance over enforcement. No fines, charges or bills for emergency services were issued. Fire officials, however, continued to see fires started through careless smoking.
“This is something we bring up regularly – if you smoke, use an ashtray,” said the fire marshal. “If you don’t have a metal or glass ashtray, use a coffee tin with some sand or water in it. It’s that simple.”
A recent apartment fire has also prompted Fire Rescue to remind citizens that charcoal and other solid fuel BBQs are not permitted in City parks or on balconies of apartments, condos and other multi-unit buildings.
The use of fireworks and open burning are both regulated activities that require a permit from Edmonton Fire Rescue Services.
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