5 fire safety tips for long weekend

May 16, 2014

This May long weekend marks the annual ritual of trailers heading out for the first marshmallow roast of the year.

Everyone is reminded to keep safety in mind when lighting a fire by adhering to these simple tips:

  • Always have an adult in attendance
  • Have a bucket of water or an attached hose close at hand to extinguish your fire completely
  • Recreational (back yard) fires do not need a fire permit, however needs to be contained in a non-combustible container, covered with a heavy gauge mesh screen with opening no larger than 13 mm max. There should be a minimum 3 metres distance from any other combustibles
  • Burn barrel and open, unconfined fires in rural Strathcona County require a fire permit. Apply online
  • As a reminder, permit holders must call the burn information line at 780-464-8464 prior to burning to confirm burning is allowed

“We encourage everyone to pay close attention to the weather conditions when burning,” says Fire Chief Iain Bushell. “It only takes one careless moment for a fire to spread beyond control.”

Further information on safety and regulations for outdoor fires and burning or call 780-467-5216.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 92,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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