Richmond Fire-Rescue reignites its fight against preventable fires
26 June 2018
“The World is Not Your Ashtray – Butt Out Responsibly”, a fire prevention and safety campaign, returns for another year after a successful launch in 2017 to raise awareness on preventable fires from smokers’ materials. This campaign, created by Richmond Fire-Rescue, urges the public to help combat the on-going reality of preventable fires in Richmond.
“Public safety is at the forefront of Richmond Fire-Rescue’s mission and when preventable fires are on the rise, it is a growing concern for everyone in the community,” says Fire Chief Tim Wilkinson. “With this campaign, we aim to raise awareness and foster public support in helping to prevent and mitigate the occurrence of preventable incidents.”
Preventable fires have been on the rise and nearly 59 per cent of fires during the summer of 2017 were caused by carelessly discarded smokers’ materials. City of Richmond introduced new smoking regulations in its Public Health Protection Bylaw No. 6989, in May, which prohibit smoking within nine metres at bus shelters, transit signs and customer service areas including patios, doors, windows and air intakes. The bylaw also stipulates no smoking at public parks, school grounds and City properties.
The current fines will remain the same, where $150 is fined for the first offence, $500 for the second offence and $1,000 for the third or subsequent offence.
A few tips to help reduce the number of fires caused by smokers’ materials:
- Always extinguish smokers’ materials in deep, non-combustible ashtrays
- Make sure matches and cigarette butts in ashtrays are wet and completely extinguished before you put them in a garbage container
- Never extinguish smokers’ materials in planted pots, bark mulch or peat moss
- Never discard smokers’ materials on the ground
- Keep lighters, matches and cigarettes out of reach from children
For more information on carelessly discarded smokers’ materials or wildland fires, please call Richmond Fire-Rescue at 604-278-5131 or follow their Facebook page @Richmondfirerescue.