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What is the Stub it Right, Don’t Ignite campaign?
This property, environment and life-saving awareness campaign was launched by Edmonton Fire Rescue Services to reduce the number of fires caused by the improper disposal of smoking material and to raise awareness of the tragic effects these fires have on communities.
Why is the Stub it Right, Don’t Ignite campaign important?
Since 2010 the improper disposal of smoking materials has caused over $46 million in damages across Edmonton and displaced hundreds of people from multi-family buildings. These dangerous and devastating fires have a severe impact on the life, property and environment of our City, and they are completely preventable. It is important for people to fully understand the risk their actions may cause themselves and others.
What is the goal of the Stub it Right, Don’t Ignite campaign?
Our goal is to educate Edmontonians how to properly dispose of their smoking materials and to build awareness of how devastating these particular multi-family building fires can be for the environment, communities and individuals. This campaign is also focused on working with property owners, agents and residents to implement safer smoking practices
How do these fires impact the environment? FAQ
Fires in multi-family buildings can have a harmful effect on air quality. In addition, repairing and rebuilding damaged wood frame buildings requires an extensive amount of natural resources and has a negative impact on our City’s carbon footprint.
What does the Stub it Right, Don’t Ignite campaign involve?
  • Property owners and agents are being asked to voluntarily determine if each balcony of their building is considered a smoking area or a non-smoking area. On balconies deemed smoking areas, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services is encouraging owners and agents provide an ashtray. Edmonton Fire Rescue Services is recommending an enclosed commercial grade weather resistant receptacle designed for smoking material. On balconies deemed non-smoking areas, EFRS is encouraging property owners or agents to install a “No Smoking” sign or decal where it can be seen in plain sight.
  • Residents and guests will be reminded to refrain from smoking on the balcony if it is restricted, or dispose of their smoking material in the provided receptacle where smoking is permitted.
Why is Edmonton Fire Rescue Services only focusing on the balcony area of multi-family buildings?

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services is focusing on multi-family buildings in order to meet our mandate of protecting the life, property and environment of Edmonton.

The balcony has been distinguished from the other areas of the dwelling/building as an area where smoking presents a hazard that presents risk to the entire building. A fire in the suite may be contained to the room or suite by a sprinkler system and will notify the building occupants through activation of the fire alarm system. The balcony is exposed to wind where fire may spread rapidly and undetected to the outside of the building and to other buildings where sprinklers cannot operate.

Given their size and fuel load, fires in multi-family buildings pose a significant threat to the air quality and environment of our city.

Stub it Right, Don’t Ignite is an important environment, property and life-saving campaign initiated by Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (EFRS). As one of the top causes of fires in Alberta, the improper disposal of smoking materials causes devastating property damage and poses a significant threat to public safety. Edmonton Fire Rescue Services has launched the Stub it Right, Don’t Ignite campaign with the goal of helping prevent fires caused by improperly disposed smoking material. We are asking for you to work with us to protect the life, property and environment of Edmonton. Stub it Right, Don’t Ignite outlines an educational and awareness opportunity for property owners and agents to utilize. By encouraging people to Stub it Right, you will be assisting EFRS in protecting the life, property and environment of Edmonton.

What is considered an appropriate “No Smoking” sign or decal for a balcony deemed to be a non-smoking area?
The “No Smoking” sign or decal should be weather resistant and must be visible in plain sight. These decals can be “No Smoking” stickers, signs, or any marker that clearly defines the balcony as a non-smoking area. The signs or decals will serve as a reminder to residents and guests that smoking is not permitted.
What is the size requirement for the “No Smoking” sign or decal on a balcony deemed to be a non-smoking area?
There is no size requirement, but the “No Smoking” sign or decal should be clearly visible.
What kind of ashtray is appropriate?
Although a standard ashtray is acceptable, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services is recommending a receptacle that is designed for the exterior of a building, enclosed, built of noncombustible material, and free standing or wall mounted.
What is considered to be an appropriate number of ashtrays?
Given the size of balconies of multi-family buildings, one ashtray is considered to be acceptable.
Who is responsible for purchasing the appropriate ashtrays and signs/decals?
It is the property owner or agent’s responsibility to maintain their properties according to the Alberta Fire Code. As such, this voluntary program will remain the owner and agent’s responsibility and they will purchase the ashtrays and signs/decals for their building(s).
I am a property owner or agent; where can I get an appropriate smoking material receptacle or “No Smoking” sign/decal?
A variety of these receptacles can be found online and/or purchased from local outlets.
Is it possible for some units to have ashtrays/smoking material receptacles and some to have “No Smoking” signs/decals?
Yes, it is up to the property owner or agent to deem each balcony of the building as either a smoking are or a non-smoking area. As such, if the owner or agent agrees to participate in this program, each individual unit will be provided either a “No Smoking” decal or an ashtray/smoking material receptacle.
How and when is this being enforced?
This campaign is an educational and awareness opportunity for property owners and agents to utilize- there will be no enforcement at this time.
How do I maintain my smoking material receptacle?
It is the tenant’s responsibility to maintain their ashtray/smoking material receptacle. Depending on the regularity of smoking, empty your ashtray/smoking material receptacle before it is full. Ensure that you soak all smoking material in water before it is disposed in order to prevent smoldering. After emptying your ashtray/receptacle, wipe the inside clean to ensure all smoking material has been removed. Report any damaged ashtrays or “No Smoking” signs/decals to your property owner or agent immediately.
What is the proper way to dispose of smoking material?
Planter pots contain combustible materials, and they should never be used as ashtrays. Stub it right by putting your smoking material in a proper receptacle. Smoking materials should be thoroughly wetted prior to placing in a garbage bin.
What if I see someone breaking this rule?
It is the building owner or agent’s responsibility to manage this activity. If you are aware of smoking occurring in a non-smoking area or being disposed of improperly you are strongly encouraged to notify the building manager to intercede.
Who do I contact for more information?
Visit www.edmonton.ca/stubitrightdontignite for more information. Additional questions can be directed to the Fire Prevention Office by emailing fireprevention@edmonton.ca or calling 780-496-3628.

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