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Jul 11, 2018 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Fire/Rescue Ramps Up Fire Prevention Measures

by Colleen Smith |

COQUITLAM, BC, July 11, 2018 – Coquitlam Fire/Rescue is stepping up its patrols of green spaces and is calling on residents to take precautions as the summer season's drier and warmer temperatures heat up.

Coquitlam Fire/Rescue is calling on cooperation from residents to take steps that can both reduce and limit the risk of fire including adhering to City bylaws that ban open air burning, littering cigarette butts and smoking in parks.
Fire/Rescue crews are now conducting daily foot patrols of city parks and forested areas and will be reporting back on any problem areas or people violating non-smoking or cooking/burning rules.

Parks staff and bylaws officers are also increasing their presence in city parks and will be handing out $500 fines for smoking. Despite public awareness measures, incorrect disposal of cigarette butts remain one of the leading causes of fires in parks, forests and dry grass. Littering of cigarette butts can also result in a fine of $150.

What Can You Do to Help Prevent Fires?

  • Do not smoke in parks. Not only is smoking – including e-cigarettes – banned in City parks but the fine (normally $150) increases to $500 during summer due to heightened fire risk. 
  • Do not litter cigarette butts – doing so can result in a $150 fine.
  • Do not have any open fires or conduct outdoor burning.
  • Relocate flammable 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 home; 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.

Coquitlam’s fire risk is currently rated ‘low’ but changes regularly, and when elevated to ‘extreme,’ further restrictions will be implemented involving outdoor BBQ use in public parks.

Residents should take precautions against accidental fires and be alert to signs of fire. Report any signs of smoke or fire by calling 911 immediately.

Media contact:
Jim Ogloff
Fire Chief
Coquitlam Fire/Rescue


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