Stub it Right, Don’t Ignite is an important life and property 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.
Since 2010, the improper disposal of smoking materials has caused more than $46 million in damages across Edmonton and displaced hundreds of residents from multi-family buildings for extended periods of time. One area of particular concern to EFRS is the balcony areas of multi-family buildings. Outside fires have occurred on balconies due to the improper disposal of smoking materials in planter pots or other inappropriate receptacles. These fires can spread quickly throughout the building and can result in a significant and often devastating damage. EFRS is raising awareness about simple and effective practices that will help prevent these fires from occurring in the future.
It is the property owner or agent’s responsibility to maintain their properties according to the Alberta Fire Code (AFC). Edmonton Fire Rescue Services is asking property owners and agents to voluntarily determine if each balcony of their building(s) will be considered a smoking or a non-smoking area.
- On balconies deemed smoking areas, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services is encouraging owners and agents provide an ashtray. EFRS recommends these ashtrays be weather resistant enclosed receptacles, designed for smoking materials.
- On balconies deemed non-smoking areas, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services is encouraging owners or agents to install a “No Smoking” sign or decal where it can be seen in plain sight.
Our Stub it Right, Don’t Ignite campaign is a big step in the right direction, but ultimately it is up to Edmontonians to use safe fire practices.
Disposing of smoking material properly
Citizens who smoke can help Edmonton Fire Rescue Services protect life, property and the environment by always using an ashtray to extinguish their cigarettes:
- Always extinguish smoking materials in deep, non-combustible ashtrays.
- Make sure that matches and cigarette butts in ashtrays are wet before you put them in a garbage container.
- Never extinguish smoking materials in plant pots.
- Never discard smoking materials on the ground.
- Keep lighters, matches and cigarettes out of the reach of children
Cigarettes and other smoking materials that are not properly extinguished can smoulder undetected for days before igniting a fire. Regardless of how they start, they are almost always preventable.