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Summer Safety Tips

No FiresSummer's here and District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services would like to remind you to take care when outdoors.

Here are some fire safety tips to help everyone enjoy a safe summer:

  • All open fires (other than gas or briquette barbeques) that do not have a permit from the Fire Chief are illegal and can result in a fine.
  • Do not light open fires as you can be held legally and financially responsible for damage to structures, property and forests.
  • Paper cups, food wrappers and other combustibles can provide kindling for a carelessly discarded cigarette or match, so please dispose of your garbage in a proper receptacle.
  • Dispose of glass and bottles in the recycling container, garbage receptacle or return for deposit. Strong sunshine through a discarded bottle or jar can act as a magnifying glass and start fires.
  • Store gasoline, propane and other flammable liquids outside your home in a detached garage or shed and away from any heat sources.

MatchesAnd, with the summer heat, you also need to take care when indoors:

  • Do not place any other refuse with disposable diapers in diaper or garbage pails as fire may result.
  • Exercise caution when disposing of oil soaked rags, towels, steel wool, etc. If they are placed in a confined space where heat - due to rapid organic decomposition - can build up, then spontaneous combustion may result.
  • Keep matches and lighters in a locked cabinet or drawer out of the reach of children.

Have a fun, safe summer!

For more information on fire safety, please call:

Fire and Rescue Services
Public Education Office
at 604-990-3693

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