Calgary, AB,
03
May
2016
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22:50
America/Denver

Fire safety advisory issued for Calgary in response to dry, hot weather

To help reduce the increased fire risk caused by continuing dry, hot weather, the Calgary Fire Department is issuing a fire safety advisory for Calgary. This fire safety advisory reminds citizens to be cautious when using outdoor open flames, including barbeques and backyard fire pits which meet City of Calgary bylaw standards, and disposing of smoking materials.

“We ask that everyone be vigilant when disposing of smoking materials and when using outdoor flames,” said Carol Henke, public information officer for Calgary Fire

Calgarians are also asked to be cautious in the city’s natural growth parks and green spaces where there are dry grasses and shrubs. Remember to only dispose of smoking materials in proper ashtrays and to only have fires in approved fire pits according to the Community Standards Bylaw.

Citizens should be aware that even if Calgary weather includes some moisture, such as rain or snow, the fire safety advisory may remain in place as there may still be an increased fire risk.

With wildfires, as well as similar dry, hot weather conditions occurring in some Alberta communities, many have implemented fire bans and advisories. Fire bans are more likely to be called if the community does not have other bylaws or policies in place around burning and open flames. Calgary does have these burning restrictions and with the current risk a fire ban is not required at this time. Calgary Fire continues to watch weather forecasts and conditions to ensure Calgary is prepared for any changes to the fire risk and will update the status of the fire safety advisory as needed.

If you are travelling outside of Calgary, please learn the status of fire bans and advisories throughout Alberta at https://albertafirebans.ca/. For more information on Calgary fire bans and fire safety advisories, visit calgary.ca/firebans or contact 311.

Remember to always call 9-1-1 to report a fire.

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