- 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.
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.