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Coquitlam Residents Urged Caution Due to High Fire Risk

by Colleen Smith |

COQUITLAM, BC, Aug 4, 2017 – Coquitlam residents are urged to take precautions as the city’s fire risk rating reaches dangerously high levels.  

Coquitlam Fire/Rescue is asking for cooperation from residents to adhere to City bylaws that ban outdoor burning, smoking in parks and littering cigarette butts. Anyone caught smoking will face a $500 fine.

What else can you do to prevent a fire?

  • Relocate combustible debris or firewood at least 10 metres away from your home.
  • Be aware when mowing your lawn that if the blade comes into contact with a rock, it can cause a spark that may ignite a fire.
  • Ensure your vehicle's exhaust does not emit onto a dry lawn.
  • Reduce the amount of fuel present around your homes; prune your shrubs, remove dead and dry vegetation and tree limbs 2-3 metres from the ground.
  • Break up continuous vegetation and space so there is no continuous canopy or line of vegetation leading to your home.
  • Keep the roof and gutters clear of dead needles; prune branches that hang over the roof.
  • For grilling safety tips, visit www.coquitlam.ca/seasonalsafety.

Report any signs of smoke or fire by calling 9-1-1 immediately.

Download related images from our Summer Fire Safety Flickr album.
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Media contact:
Rod Gill
Deputy Fire Chief, Coquitlam Fire/Rescue