We wait for it all winter long: summer. The season for road trips, vacations, backyard barbecues, evening fires, camping and boating. While we prepare to enjoy the outdoors, it is best that we keep a few fire safety tips in mind.
You can help keep Edmonton safe by checking albertafirebans.ca or calling 311 before you burn to find out if there is a fire ban in Edmonton.
If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call 911. Do not move the grill.
If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 5 minutes before re-lighting it.
Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year by applying the soapy bubble test. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles.
If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill
If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again
Call 911 for the fire department if the leak does not stop
Never check for leaks with an open flame
Make sure the burner holes and tubes connected to the burners are free of rust and debris, and that the burner throat (where the propane enters the burner), is free of dust or cobwebs
In order to prevent propane from getting trapped in the hose after each use, turn off the propane tank cylinder valve first, then the “ON/OFF” valve on the barbecue
Be at least 10 feet (3 metres) away from buildings, property lines, overhead power lines and any other combustibles (such as, trees)
Not exceed 2 feet (0.6 metres) in height
Not exceed 3 feet (1 metre) in width or diameter
Have enclosed sides made from bricks, concrete blocks or heavy-gauge metal
Have a spark-arrestor mesh screen with openings no larger than 1.25 cm (0.5 inch)
Only burn clean fuel, such as natural gas, dry wood or charcoal, when using a fire pit. Remember, it is illegal to burn rubber, plastic, or any material that generates unacceptable amounts of dense smoke which can be noxious, offensive and toxic.
Before setting up a campfire, check that you are permitted to do so in the area
If campfires are permitted, they need to be at least 8 metres (25 feet) away from any structure and anything that can burn
Clear away dry leaves and sticks, and any overhanging low branches or shrubs
Avoid burning on windy, dry days
Never use gasoline or other flammable or combustible liquids to start a fire
Always have a hose, bucket of water, or shovel with dirt or sand nearby to extinguish the fire
Never leave a campfire unattended
Never let children or pets play or stand too close to a burning fire
If your clothes catch fire, Stop, Drop, and Roll continually until the fire is out
Treat a burn as soon as possible
Cool the burn with cold water for 3 to 5 minutes, then cover with a clean, dry cloth
Get medical help if needed
Roast with Care: Roasting marshmallows? Making s'mores? Remember to help young children. Never shake a roasting marshmallow stick - it can turn into a flying, flaming ball. Heated metal skewers can also cause burns.
Prevention and safety tips including smoke alarms, carbon monoxide, candles, cooking, smoker's material, fire pits, barbecues, home heating, fire safety for children, electrical and home fire escape planning.
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Fire Prevention Office
10465 - 105 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 0P5
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm (Closed on weekends and statutory holidays)