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May 10, 2019 Return to Headlines

Wanted: Tagline for Coquitlam’s Park Fire Safety Campaign

by Kevin Henkelman |

COQUITLAM, BC, May 10, 2019 – Do you have a way with words? Coquitlam wants your help to prevent City parks from going up in smoke this summer.

The City is inviting the public to submit ideas for the tagline of its upcoming park fire safety campaign, which will spread the word that all parks and trails are smoke-free and fire-free. No smoking, vaping or outdoor burning are permitted, year-round.

Participants will be entered in a draw to win a $100 Visa gift card. Submissions are being accepted at www.coquitlam.ca/firesafety until Friday, May 31.

To protect the community’s safety, Coquitlam’s Fire/Rescue and Bylaw Enforcement team actively enforce the smoking and fire prevention bylaws in City parks and trails. Fines for smoking, vaping and outdoor fires are $150 – rising to $500 during the summer. Littering of cigarette butts can also result in a $150 fine.

The zero-tolerance approach has become necessary in recent years, as extended dry spells – leading to long periods of extreme fire risk – have become common. Discarded cigarettes are one of the leading causes of fires in parks, forests and grassy areas.

The City also urges residents and visitors to do their part in protecting parks and neighbourhoods from fire by following the bylaws, avoiding activities that could cause fires, being aware of fire danger ratings and related restrictions, and calling 9-1-1 immediately if they see or smell smoke.

The ideal tagline for this summer’s campaign will be no more than eight words long, memorable, and clearly convey the park fire safety message. The best taglines are short and simple.

Participants must be Coquitlam residents, and only one entry per person will be eligible for the contest.

For more information on the current fire rating, seasonal fire safety and to submit a tagline, visit www.coquitlam.ca/firesafety.

Media contact:

Ron Beatty
Assistant Fire Chief, Fire Prevention
City of Coquitlam