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Keep safety in mind while enjoying the spring and summer season! Be aware of any fire conditions in effect.

Outdoor fires in Strathcona County

  • Open fires (grass/yard/brush) and burn barrels require a burn permit and are only allowed in the rural area. Apply for a fire permit.
  • Recreational fires such as fire pots, pits and chimineas and smudges (for the purpose of protecting livestock) do not require a fire permit.
    • Recreational fires must be totally confined in a non-combustible structure or container that has a draft and smoke vents covered with a heavy gauge metal screen with mesh size no larger than 13 mm.
    • The fire pit needs to be a minimum of three metres away from any combustible.

Be careful using matches and lighters

  • Be mindful of where adults store matches and lighters and keep them out of the reach of children.
  • Completely cool your ashes before placing them in the green organics cart. 
  • Keep your butt out of it. Using a plant pot as an ashtray will insulate the lit smoking material instead of extinguishing it. Use a metal can with sand or a commercially-made ashtray to extinguish smoking materials instead.

Enjoying BBQs the safe way

  • If using propane, inspect propane bottles for damage and age. Bottles must be re-qualified after 10 years.
  • With gas or propane grills, check hose and connectors for wear and damage and ensure the connections are tight. Applying soapy water to the outside of the hose will easily reveal any leaks. Open the main cylinder valve slowly and fully (ensure burner control valves are turned off). If bubbles form, your connection is leaking.
  • Be sure to have sufficient space away from siding, garages and overhangs if you use your barbecue on decks and patios.
  • Never leave a lit barbecue unattended and keep children and pets safely away. 

Fireworks in Strathcona County - you need a permit

  • Rural residents who wish to discharge fireworks on their property must first obtain a fireworks permit. Fireworks are not permissible in Sherwood Park, Ardrossan, Josephburg, North and South Cooking Lake, Antler Lake, Hastings Lake, Half Moon Lake or Collingwood Cove.
  • Prior to using the fireworks, talk with your neighbours first. Fireworks can negatively impact humans, livestock, and family pets. If your neighbour could be impacted by the display, we ask that you do not set off the fireworks.
  • Fireworks permits are issued electronically.
  • If you have questions, please contact Strathcona County Fire Prevention at 780-449-9651 or Fire Station 6, between Monday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Camping fun

  • Always use a flame retardant tent and set up camp far away from the camp fire.
  • Build your campfire down wind and away from your tent. 
  • Always put out a campfire before going to sleep or leaving the camp site. To extinguish a fire, pour water over it.

Be aware of changing weather

Take precaution on the water

  • Only swim in approved areas, and be sure to supervise children near water at all times.
  • Always wear an approved PFD (personal flotation device) when boating, jet-skiing, tubing and water-skiing. Air-filled swimming aids, such as water wings and inner tubes, are not substitutes for approved PFDs. An adult should always supervise children using these devices.


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